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The LATimes has An Editorial by BoingBoing's Xeni Jardin. She writes: "
If the paranoid myopia that drives such thinking penetrates too deeply into the law, search engines will eventually shut down. What's the difference, after all, between a copyrighted Web page and a copyrighted book? What if Internet entrepreneurs could sue Google for indexing their websites? What if the law required search engines to get clearance for every Web page? Even a company as large and well-funded as Google couldn't pull that off because what's on the Internet, and who owns that content, changes constantly.
As one author told me, "fear of obscurity, not digital indexing, is what keeps most authors awake at night."