Posted by: Rob Hof on October 21, 2005
On some level, copying a Web page to facilitate searching isn’t all that different from copying a book to facilitate searching. And copying an RSS feed to put content onto another site isn’t so different either. Unravel the notion that some content sharing benefits everyone, and therefore should be acceptable despite the nominal boundaries of intellectual property, and the Internet economy, especially the Web 2.0 economy, comes crashing down. … Years from now, will we look back at this as the period when the Internet came apart at the seams?
I don’t know, but a little knot in my stomach suggests it’s not a spurious concern. Let’s hope the two sides, each of whose arguments has shortcomings, realize at some point that there shouldn’t be two sides.