Google Cache Raises Copyright Concerns?
from the with-who? dept
Making a story out of nothing, the folks at News.com have decided to write a long report on the issue of whether or not Google’s cache violates copyright law. It might be an interesting issue if someone was complaining about it – but no one is. Most people understand the cache for what it is, and realize that it’s useful some of the times. They also know that, if they don’t want their material cached, they just need to let Google know with a tag on their site. Seems pretty straight forward. Of course, with the rising Google-backlash going on, I imagine some angry anti-Googler will take this story and try to build a lawsuit out of it. The legal issues, however, are far from clear. While people say that, technically, the cache may violate copyright laws, so, then would everyone visiting a website that they don’t own the copyright to – since the content is temporarily cached on your hard drive. It seems like this is a pretty clear case of fair use rights, and the story is making a big deal out of nothing.