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As Google launched the latest content ID tool for YouTube which they describe as "the next step in a long list of content policies and tools that we have provided copyright owners so that they can more easily identify their content and manage how it is made available on YouTube", PublicKnowledge expressed concerns on the effect this could have on fair use rights and overall free flow of information on the internet, in an article titled: "Google Blinks, and Today the Internet is a Little Less Free".

"Google is following IBM and Oracle in circling the wagons around open source Linux. The company is expected to announce Tuesday that it has become a member of the Open Invention Network, a group that pools Linux patents as a means of turning back any patent infringement challenge to Linux.

The addition of Google means seven companies have formed a bulwark of protection around Linux.

"This is a way for everyone to get together and look after Linux development," said Chris DiBona, open source programs manager for Google in an interview. Every user of the Google search engine is being supported by Linux, and Google manages its internal Web indexing and analysis of Web pages with systems running on clusters of Linux servers.

"Where ongoing worldwide public concern and diplomatic pressure have singularly failed to convince Google it should be helping the people who use its services, the Dollar Almighty dollar might succeed.

Do No Evil Google which, with Microsoft and Yahoo, is: helping to spread the "virus of internet repression," according to Amnesty International; which has censored its web site in China; and, which was the only firm to totally fail a six-month investigation into privacy practices employed by key Net-based companies, "is seeking help inside the Beltway to fight the rise of Web censorship worldwide," says Associated Press."

"Despite recent changes in Google’s data-retention policy, data protection officials from 27 European countries have written to Google warning that the search giant may be in breach European privacy rules because of the way it stores data on individual searches.

Google previously kept consumers’ data as long as it was needed. The company now plans to keep server log data, but will enhance the ability to make it anonymous after 18 to 24 months.

EU spokesman Pietro Petrucci said the group, which advises the European Commission and EU governments on data protection issues, wants Google to address concerns about the company’s practice of storing and retaining user information for up to two years, and whether the company had “fulfilled all the necessary requirements” on data protection." -- Read more

"The Viacom v. Google lawsuit over Youtube offers a very high-profile sequel to MGM v. Grokster. In particular, this case appears to pick up where the Grokster case left off: what is the nature of “inducement” to violate copyright laws. The court here will of necessity probe the question that Bryer and Ginsburg debated in their concurrences: how do you judge whether someone offering a particular product, technology or service is actively encouraging infringement and therefore subject to secondary liability for the copyright violations of others?" -- Read more