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---- Google Found Guilty of Violating Copyright
fargo1999 - 8:58 pm on Dec 19, 2009 (gmt 0)
You can control whether they show cached copies, and snippets are necessary.
It's been discussed already, I think. The fact I don't lock my door when I go out (ie. don't disallow robots to cache my content) doesn't give a thief a good explanation in court when he walks in and steals from my house.
As for the books, who loses because Google scans out of print books, even if they are in copyright? If the copyright has any value, why are the books not in print?
Again, not everything can or should be monetized. Only IF copyright holders want it, they could use it according to their will.
Otherwise, we would be in a situation that whatever is not used by the owner could be taken away from him. Do you have an old car in your garage but don't use it? Then give it away to your neighbor because he could use it.
It would actually make the world better if we would be required to give away things we don't use, but in this case I don't think Google is altruistic.