Lawsuits Against Google Only Make It Stronger

from the what-doesn't-kill-it dept

As Google has grown to take top billing among internet based companies, it’s been the target of numerous lawsuits, many of which have been filed by small companies with weak cases. You might think that all of these suits might be a distraction to the company. But in fact these cases may be playing right into the company’s hands. By racking up court victories against small opponents that make weak arguments and have unsophisticated legal teams, it’s helping to build up a body of case law that will come in handy when it has more serious legal challenges. So, for example, in acquiring YouTube, it is inheriting one lawsuit, from an individual who says his video was posted illegally to the site. But Google believes that YouTube’s actions were legally grounded; if it can dispatch with this case, it sets a precedent if larger, better-heeled content owners try taking Google to court with similar arguments. Much of Google’s success is due to its scale and building up reinforcing network effects; it seems it’s going to apply that strategy to the legal arena as well.


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erinol0 says:

Re: Re:

It may sound a little naive but Google’s all about “Do no evil”. Micro$oft’s strategy has always been to appropriate others ideas and monetize them.

Google goes to great lengths to get me to want to use what they have to offer at no monetary cost to me, while M$ just looks for ways to make me pay more money for an operating system that continually gets slower and slower with each new update/version.

Therefore M$ Google

blyx says:

Re: Re: Re:

thati s very naive. what has google done that is new? mail? no. search? no. advertising model? no, they bought that.

you make an argument about the differnece between google and microsoft. the only difference to me is the following: they told you they do no evil and you believe it, and 2.) they give away things for free because they make money using a b2b model. This appears free to you, but they are pimping your data to manipulate you into buying more things. this is far more insidious and manipulative – i’d prefer pay for my product and not get mindfucked on top of it.

Elmer Fudd says:

Re: Hating Microsoft for no good reason?

Get real. When Microsoft first got big and powerful, most people cheered. It was only when it became clear that Microsoft would use its de facto monopoly powers to leave a mile wide trail of damage to its customers and the entire IT industry, for the sake of an extra 1/2 of 1% profit margin, that people started “hating” Microsoft.

People who “hate” Microsoft are actually people who “hate” grossly insecure software, and vendors who refuse to address the underlying security problems with their software simply because they are not liable for customer losses. Then there are those who “hate” giant corporations whose equally giant political lobbying machine guarantees them the freedom to innovate by using every abusive business practice in the book, to wipe out competitors, kill competing technologies, and lock down customers.

When Google starts actively spying on its customers, spamming them senseless, introduces a “forced upgrade cycle”, and systematically breaks their tools and services so that they will only work with their own brand of software on the end user’s computer, people will start hating Google… for the same reasons they hate Microsoft.

Not So Naiive says:

Weak cases don't set precedents

Weak cases don’t set precedents, they just fatten lawyer’s pockets. If a big company wants to bring a case, they will figure out a way to set aside any of these weak precedents.

If you are powerful, irrespective of whether you claim to have the “do no evil” slogan or not, you will be sued. It is the law of nature. The higher they rise, the harder they fall.

kris says:

google vs ms knockdown

Personally speaking, I used to hate microsoft, mainly because of windows being buggy and hard to use (lots of idiosynchracies and gotchas).

Since the release of windows XP, I have come to rid myself of most of this. Also, with bill gates putting a lot of money into his charity, it seems his philosophy (at least now) is to make a lot of money that will edventually benefit mankind which I see no problem with.

google has kept its site and software very user friendly, with clean UIs and generally bug free.
plus, their support of open source communities and their general philosophies make me feel like they want to provide a good product that will help people.

Google has always felt simple and powerful, which is a product I like.

Finally, look at Internet explorer 7, it has a much simpler interface, and may be a way for the future for microsoft.

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