Making Google Products Easier To Use Is Not 'Encouraging Stealing'

from the it's-called-efficiency dept

Recently, Google Docs unveiled a number of new features including a built-in way to use Google Image Search to find pictures to complement written documents. Many people already use Google Image Search to find suitable graphics, regardless of the owner or copyright status, but this streamlining has some people calling foul. Under a provocative title suggesting that Google is "encouraging schoolchildren to steal photos," Steve Rubel continues to propagate the confusion between theft and infringement. No matter how many times we explain it, people just don't seem to understand that copyright infringement is not theft. Theft involves the removal of a rival good whereas copyright infringement makes a copy, leaving others' use uninhibited. Although the suggestion of expanding Google's Creative Commons filter is a welcome one, I doubt users who want to only use properly licensed content will fail to do so because of Google Doc's new feature. And those who want to use copyrighted images will do so whether or not they have to simply right click or open a new tab and search. All Google is doing here is making its perfectly legal features work better together. That's about efficiency, not "stealing."


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    Bouduine, Sep 17th, 2008 @ 12:36pm

    Part of the Process

    This is simply part of the process of limiting the benefits of technology to create a false value in something. Its sad, but since DMCA has become more and more and more common, its like there are no boundries anymore.

     

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    Serge, Sep 17th, 2008 @ 2:17pm

    Re "theft involves the removal of a rival good whereas copyright infringement makes a copy, leaving others' use uninhibited" -- uh, what?

     

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    CVPunk, Sep 17th, 2008 @ 2:39pm

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    Too many big words for you?

     

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    TPBer, Sep 17th, 2008 @ 2:40pm

    They will never get it..

    Until it's way too late. Maybe we could send the FBI after the children, especially after they pass their corporate welfare bill supporting outdated business models. If it's on the net it's up for grabs no matter what laws are passed.

    Maybe we should start the kiddos on TPB101, and train them right. Remember to always use Peer Guardian.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 17th, 2008 @ 3:00pm

    If these people don't want they're images index by google they could always use a robot.txt /deny all. Ah but, thats the problem....they want the benefit of turning up on google web page searches.....

     

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    Nobody, Sep 17th, 2008 @ 4:15pm

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    If you steal something, the guy who used to have it can't use it anymore. If you infringe on it, he can still use it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 17th, 2008 @ 5:29pm

    Wow, the Google has a monopoloy on stealing stuff off of teh intarwebs. What kind of truck do the use ?

     

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    another mike, Sep 18th, 2008 @ 4:17pm

    credit where credit is due

    what ever happened to citing your sources? do they not teach that anymore? when i was in school in the 80s and 90s, we lost points on our essays if we didn't include proper references. footnotes, inline citations, bibliographies; they taught us several ways of doing it. A Writer's Reference was our textbook.

     

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    Blaise Alleyne (profile), Sep 18th, 2008 @ 4:35pm

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