Google & Search Engine Cached Pages Legal, If They Offer Opt-Out

Via
Boing Boing
and
News.com
, interesting news that a case saying the Google cache violates
copyright has been ruled in Google’s favor. Since Google makes it
possible to
prevent it from showing a cached page, the court ruled the publisher should have
used that. In short, it you don’t block caching, Google and other search engines
have an "implied license" to reproduce your material. More in the court
documents on the EFF site
here
(PDF format), and an EFF write up is
here.

Postscript:
Caching Made
Legal – Do You Agree? I Don’t!
at the Search Engine Watch Forums has more
analysis of this by me and some of the major concerns it raises. Read more or
comment yourself over there. There’s also excellent discussion at WebmasterWorld
here.

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