Google Clarifies Content

Google clarified what its role in the world, in terms of content:”Because we don’t own this content, over the years we’ve come up with three primary principles to ensure that we respect content owners and protect their rights:

  • we respect copyright;
  • we let owners choose whether we index their content in our products;
  • we try to bring benefit back to content owners by partnering with them.”

This is John Battelle’s take on it:”I sense that Google is starting to truly declare its position relative to content creation companies, and it’s this: we’re not in your business, and won’t be. We might impact your business, and in significant ways, but you can’t sue us for that, brother. Now, let’s go make tons of money, together….and if our margins are higher than yours, well, that’s not our fault….”

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