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February 14, 2007 – Comments (3)






I've always said that Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is the world's most effective and profitable leech. Why create content, when you can make so much money by simply sifting through the fruits of others' hard work, aggregating it, and selling keyword ads based on it?

We might find out just how far Google can go with its plans as the company tries to fight this Belgian copyright-infringement case. (New York Times registration required.) Here's an AP version you can read pronto.

Any bets on how soon the whole GooTube thing gets ugly?

Comments? Bring them here.

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3 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 14, 2007 at 3:16 PM, oulous (37.36) wrote:

Wow you are bitter!

GOOG is a search engine.

Be glad they figured out a way to monetize it or you wouldnt have data as organized as it is on the web and searchable for free.

They continue to do some interesting work at goog labs and I am glad they are there.

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#2) On February 15, 2007 at 10:33 AM, ifthenelsenull (36.62) wrote:

Google is an example of a company taking advantage of the power of the internet. They are really pushing the boundaries of so many ideas with the Google desktop (I'm a big fan), Google book and (TMFBent's) GooTube. I am 100% with you on the youtube impending disaster. There is sooooooooo much infringement there it's scary. Wait until the RIAA stops hassling kids and decides to go after the royalties from youtube. I predict that this blows, higher than 20 Mentos in a gallon of Diet Coke (nucleation at work), up over royalties and youtube rolls over to sacrifice it's users to the RIAA god. Don't be evil is a good thought until it's going to get very expensive and then they won't be evil... just not as friendly to the users as they used to be.

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#3) On February 15, 2007 at 4:21 PM, ifthenelsenull (36.62) wrote:

ummmmm I think I can see the future.... and I don't think it looks good..... oops don't be evil


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