News.com Editor Explains Why Google Is Immoral
from the please-stop-reading-Charles-Cooper dept
What Cooper is really demonstrating is the power of jealousy to overwhelm a good business sense or any understanding of economics (and he trots out the old, wrong, line that copyright infringement is theft suggesting he also doesn't understand the law). He's wrong on both counts to say that Google does this without permission or without payment. On the permission side, the second you put something up on the web without any protections or logins, you are giving permission to have that content visited and for people to point to it. There's no copyright violation at all in including a blurb (Cooper does understand fair use, I assume). So, there's no problem there. As for "payment," Cooper seems to have forgotten that not all payment is directly in monetary terms. Google "pays" sites by making their content easier to find so they get a lot more traffic. In other words, Google is improving the usefulness of the sites in its index. It's helping people find articles like Cooper's so that CNET gets more traffic which they can sell to advertisers so Cooper gets paid. Yes, they're making his content more valuable. And the amazing thing is that they're helping make Cooper's content more valuable (gasp!) without charging him! I think, perhaps, it's time that Google send Cooper's bosses at News.com a bill. Anything else would be "immoral," according to Cooper's own logic.