Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Every Breath You Take

I forget where I read it, but someone said that people complaining about Facebook should realize that Google captures a lot more data than Facebook does.

Zoli knows:

Just a few months ago I looked out my window and was surprised to see a Google StreetView Chevy turn around in the cul-de-sac....

[T]his place is as rural as it gets, in the middle of nowhere in Pennsylvania, where the average lot is 2-3 wooded acres, you can see dear in your backyard, and there’s generally nothing but residences and country clubs.

So while we keep on speculating which major cities are to be added next, those Chevys keep on rolling, and you can never know when your neighborhood is up next. In fact … you might already be on StreetView.

And you can say that they own you:

Adult magazine Perfect 10 earlier filed a copyright infringement claim against Google alleging that Google was crawling the Perfect10.com website and created thumbnails of copyrighted images that were later displayed in Google Image search results.

Google did store the thumbnails but argued that image thumbnails were protected under the copyright doctrine of fair use.

Now a court has also said that using thumbnail-sized images of pictures does not constitute infringement, even when the images are copyrighted.

Obviously I'm not too concerned, considering where I'm blogging, reading, analyzing, and searching. (And don't even bring up all the aggregators out there, such as FriendFeed.) Still, it's something to think about.

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