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Re: [xml-dev] HGRAB. Syndication. Google. Grey area.
Date: 1/9/2002 7:03:00 AM
Paul T wrote: > Either both HGRAB and Google should be sued, > because they both sell the content > *which does not belong to them*, or both > HGRAB and Google should be considered > 'just a service'. I would guess the following: 1) I think you can make reasonable arguments that providing a search facility (essentially an electronic index): (a) constitutes an original work and therefore does not violate copyrights, and (b) is a derived work and therefore does violate copyrights. I'd bet on (a), but really don't know. Any lawyers out there? 2) Caching a copy locally (as Google does) probably does constitute copyright infringement -- witness the standard copyrights in books that prohibit electronic copying. My guess is that this hasn't been prosecuted because (a) it is useful and (b) Internet law is still in its infancy. -- Ron