Google just didn't go far enough. After they removed the snippets, and got offered "free license" to the snippets, they should have told them that now they charge news companies in Germany for the snippets so if they want Google to show the snippet, pay up.
An hypothesis would first need an observation. Like "crime is going up" and "police enforcement is becoming lax", then formulate that maybe scrutiny is causing it. A theory would be a confirmation that the evidence supports the hypothesis enough and be peer reviewed.
But if there's not data of those things even happening (other than expressions of butthurt policemen) we can't even move into hypothesis.
I'm actually waiting for the biography of Ballmer to make it into a movie. I'd definitely watch it if David Koechner plays him. It would start like a comedy documenting his clueless antics in Microsoft, but then could get a bit more deep with him not sucking and doing more stuff like this.
Excellent. Anonymous Coward just declared every instance of "honest mistakes" on "file sharing" sites a complete non-starter.
We need to spread the word to every copyright holder out there, that any attempt to pursue legal action against any of those who make these "honest mistakes" are complete non-starters and that they mustn't bother.