Lord Lucas Keeps Wanting To Chip Away At Digital Economy Bill: Exempt Search Engines

from the how-will-rupert-murdoch-survive dept

We've been discussing how Lord Lucas in the UK has spoken out against Peter Mandelson's Digital Economy Bill, which would give Mandelson (and his successors or anyone he deputized) massive powers to change copyright law on a whim. Beyond that, the technology-savvy Lord Lucas has been proposing various amendments to the bill, including requiring copyright holders to detail actual damages and also a penalty for bogus copyright threats.

Another proposed amendment, as pointed out by Copycense would automatically exempt search engines from copyright law. While, for the most part, what search engines do seem to be covered by existing law (fair use, and the like), there are still some questions about whether or not the fundamental actions of search engines do or do not infringe. Clearly exempting them, however, could expand what search engines could do in some pretty impressive ways. This would also serve to negate the threats by the likes of Rupert Murdoch to remove News Corp. content from Google (since Google could then ignore any attempted block, as there would be no copyright violation).
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    :), 29 Jan 2010 @ 2:08am

    Re: Re:

    Aggregation is a particularly effective and profitable form of free-riding, especially when you have no incentive or need to contribute in any way to the things you're aggregating.

    Well think about it, I stopped using things like TVFox or was FoxTV(a firefox addon that gives you 2500 tV channels to watch) and started to use Miro that could be seen as an aggregator and I found some things to watch over there, I rarely see TV or cable, don't buy movies and am not aware of what is happening, music the same thing if it is not on youtube or jamendo is invisible to me.

    So I think content distributors that believe in copyrights to the extreme should beg those search engines not to die otherwise people will have to make what I do and if they think people will flock to websites they own they are truly mistaken.

    Adultswin is owned by Warner why would I ever go there? I hate the company, stopped buying movies because of them and other big studios, Sony opened my eyes about what "copyright" and IP laws really meant to my privacy and well being why would I want to finance, promote or even consume something from them?

    The only thing keeping those people on top is because of those said search engines free riders because people could have moved on a long time ago to others things.

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