Sunday, May 17, 2009

We Want A Piece Of That

Ultimately the anti-Google and anti-blogger stuff isn't about making bloggers stop linking or Google stop indexing, it's a fantasy that somehow newspapers have some right to make money off of what Google and bloggers do. I'm sure they've been, for example, sending large checks to movie production companies and book publishers over the years for the right to publish reviews of their products.

I'll throw in the usual disclaimer, that of course legitimate copyright issues exist and people should stay within the bounds of Fair Use. But this isn't really what this discussion is about. It's about newspapers perceiving that people are somehow unfairly profiting off their work, which is apparently produced in a vacuum somewhere.