Leosghost - 12:33 pm on Sep 9, 2012 (gmt 0)
In Europe and the USA it's a common perception that if you link to the source of a piece of content that it's ok to publish online It's actually a common misunderstanding worldwide that if something is published online, literally publicly available, that it's ok to re-publish
In Europe very very few people believe this..( our copyright laws are considerably more strict and protective of creators than those in the USA )neither do many in the rest of the world..Europe does not have the widely abused "fair use" doctrine which scrapers ( and search engines ) in the USA attempt to hide behind..But those in the USA do constantly try to include Europeans in this "common perception"..
Some Americans claiming, "everybody thinks it and does it"..does not make it true..not ethically or morally right , nor legal in many, if not most, jurisdictions ..worldwide, in Europe or... even in the USA..
Even if everybody did believe it and was doing it , it would not make it "right" ..and as it is far more commonly done by USA sites ( claiming "fair use", whilst actually doing it purely for ranking and revenue, but knowing that it is wrong ) , and Chinese and other Asian sites, who at least don't try to hide their larceny behind claims of "fair use"..trying to Drag Europe into the "guilty" camp..is disingenuous..
You'll note that the crowd sources scrapers are all VC'd into existence in the USA..
In Europe, if proposed as a business plan to be started here, they would never see the light of day, because their lawyers know that they, and their VC backers, would be sued into oblivion and ruin..if their primary place of business was considered to be on European soil..and thus they were subject to European laws..