Anyone would think there’s a turf war going on in Belgium, that could spread even wider. Or something 🙂
Google outline their approach to content:
“Protecting content ownersâ€™ rights, respecting their wishes, helping to reward them for their creative endeavors â€“ these are the primary principles that guide Googleâ€™s approach. We believe itâ€™s the best way to make the worldâ€™s information universally accessible and useful.“
No surprises there.
I do believe that Google are, generally speaking, acting appropriately, however I don’t think they’re quite as divorced from content provision as they like to make out.
If content is defined as the authorship of words on a page, or a piece of video, then – no, Google doesn’t do content. But is content more than that? If you scan across Google News, it looks like the front page of a newspaper. Is the front page of a newspaper not content? You can scan across Google News, get a good idea of what is going on, and not have to click through to the source. I guess it could be argued that the value is mostly in the aggregation and categorisation.
A question: does the author who publishes an html document on a web server, give a search engine the right to index that document simply by virtue of publication?