hutcheson - 8:12 pm on Sep 7, 2010 (gmt 0)
I've been following Groklaw for years. It's one of the most prominent independent blogs in the tech field--with journalism awards backing it up. And what Groklaw has done here, is document (with independent research) the connections between Google's persecutors.
And yes, PJ has been accused, repeatedly, of being a shill for one side or the other (sometimes both). Pro-Apple? Anti-Apple? (she won't buy Apple products at all, and says so publicly--yet she claimed Apple was right on a copyright case. (Apple won, easily....I thought the other side had a reasonable chance--I was wrong.) Pro-Novell? Anti-Novell? Depends on the lawsuit, and the legal issues at hand.
Groklaw outed the Microsoft sponsorship of the SCO-versus-world-plus-dog lawsuit, persisted through a long period of denials, to hear the truth come out in court.
Sometimes the truth favors one side. This time, it favors Google despite Google's "warm fuzzy happiness" motto.
I would remind you that Google hasn't yet been found guilty of copyright violations anywhere. (According to U.S. law, indexing is legal fair use: Google would have a perfect legal right to index your content even without your permission: it is a courtesy only, not a legal requirement, that Google allows a website to opt out. Which leaves you no conceivable complaint.)
Microsoft HAS been found guilty of criminal monopolistic behavior in multiple court cases in dozens of jurisdictions on three continents.