how many other countries would tolerate many of the comments that are regularly posted here.
Just because we're not as bad as some other countries is no excuse not to try to be better. I see this line of reasoning all the time in many companies. "It could be worse" or "It's better than in [team/company/country]" is no excuse to stop trying to be better.
If they're so sure that these sites are illegal, why are they so afraid of facing the site owners in court?
Because, just like for the site owner and the little guys, it costs them a lot more money to go to court. I doubt anyone is encouraging them to go that route if they have other means available, otherwise guess whose paycheck is getting cut and whose isn't to pay for these court costs.
I feel that there is a two-headed hydra at Techdirt and neither head agrees with the other.
One head posts about how businesses need to learn to innovate, to compete, and accept that marketplace instead of falling back to legal protections.
The other says that when there is something wrong with a copy we should leave it up to social shunning to make it right.
And yet, despite the fact that Google has not, so far at least, fell back to legal protections, and is actually trying to leave it to social shunning, TechDirt posts are now trying to socially shun Google when they're the ones that were copied.