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Beware of Dragon Slayers Bearing Bad Ideas. They Might Not Be Fair. Or Useful

As should be obvi­ous to near­ly every­one with an inter­net con­nec­tion these days, Google is both real­ly use­ful and kind of ter­ri­fy­ing giv­en the scope of how much Google knows about near­ly all of us and how much it con­trols what we know. The fact that Google’s list of cor­po­rate ambi­tions includes things like ‘own­ing the inter­net’ and own­ing the inter­net’s pipes does­n’t real­ly. And then there’s the killer robots and wage-theft. All in all, it’s not hard to hope Google gets Scroogled. Soon.

But there’s more than one way to screw Google and not every­one that fears Google is some ran­dom con­sumer. Major cor­po­rate enti­ties also fear Google and it just so hap­pens that a coali­tion of many of the largest pub­lish­er in Europe has a plan to slay the Google Drag­on they fear so much. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, this coali­tion might slay “fair use” across the inter­net in the process. That’s right, copy­right law could be get­ting a big ‘upgrade’ in the dig­i­tal realm as part of a new anti-Google ini­tia­tive in a way that upgrades the bot­tom line of the biggest pub­lish­ers and down­grades every­one else’s gen­er­al abil­i­ty to find news arti­cles and talk about the world. This is hap­pen­ing.