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Google, Google, Google

It’s somewhat of a slow news day, at least when it comes to the search engines – they’re all in NYC for Search Engine Strategies. While we may hear some announcements later in the week, here are three Google items worth a quick look.

  1. Techdirt is spot on with their attack on the publishing industry’s claims that Google “stealing” their content. If publishers are so worried about this, go ahead and ban Google’s spiders from indexing your content. You’ll no longer have to worry about those pesky critters and the hundreds of millions of people that use Google each day! Let me know how that works out for ya!

Why O’Reilly’s Blogger’s Code of Conduct Must Die

If you’re a long time reader of Marketing Pilgrim, you’ll know my unease with anyone trying to define blogging; who should and shouldn’t blog; and, especially, talk of a “bloggers code of conduct.” So, you can imagine that my Monday morning is not off to a good start, when sipping my coffee I see Tim O’Reilly’s attempt to draft a code of conduct for bloggers.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I completely understand his intent. What happened to Kathy Sierra, is not an isolated incident, and perhaps bloggers should look at means to protect themselves (and others) from blog trolls looking for a fight. But, as I’ve said before, any attempts to define or restrict blogging, will ultimately suck the life out of it, and kill much of the momentum we have going on.

Jailed Blogger Finally Freed After Making Deal

We wanted to give you some good news on the continuing saga of jailed blogger Josh Wolf – he’s finally a free man.

According to CNET, Wolf agreed to hand over the video he had shot of an anarchist protest in San Francisco on July 8, 2005, and also answer two questions posed by prosecutors.

The questions were whether he knew the identity of the person who threw an object at the police car during the protest, and if he could identify the person that Officer Pete Shields, injured during the protest, was pursuing at the time. Wolf said he answered “no” to both. He agreed to answer the questions because “there was nothing to be given by them,” said.

Yahoo Click Fraud Suit Settled…Finally!

If you have a good memory, you’ll recall Yahoo’s sweet click fraud settlement deal, which would hold the company to just $5m in legal fees and a review of click fraud activity back to 2004. If you don’t have a good memory, that’s why we’re here!

Anyway, the courts have made the settlement final – at a breathtaking pace of 9 months – and the settlement will stand, “as called on the field.”

EFF Sues Viacom to Prevent Abuse of DMCA

You already know that Viacom is suing YouTube for a gazillion dollars for copyright infringement, but now the cable company is facing a backlash over its careless use of the DMCA.

Nate Anderson reports the Electronic Frontier Foundation – a nonprofit group that looks to protect digital rights and free speech – is suing Viacom for its misuse of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Among thousands of DMCA takedown notices sent out, is one of a Stephen Colbert parody video that the EFF claims doesn’t violate any copyright laws.

The video does contain clips from “The Colbert Report,” but the EFF argues that these qualify as fair use, since parody has a well-recognized copyright exemption. “Our clients’ video is an act of free speech and a fair use of ‘Colbert Report’ clips,” said EFF staff attorney Corynne McSherry in a statement…

Google Wins KinderStart Case Again, Spanks Lawyer’s Butt

Google probably couldn’t have asked for a better ruling in the ongoing KinderStart law suit.

Not only did the judge throw out KinderStart’s most recent attempt to accuse Google of defamation – by reducing its PageRanl to zero – but the judge decided to give Google every opportunity to get some payback.

Judge Jeremy Fogel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a lawsuit against Google by parenting information site KinderStart…[he] also imposed yet-to-be-determined sanctions on KinderStart legal counsel Gregory Yu for making unsupported allegations against Google.

According to the judge’s ruling, “KinderStart had failed to explain how Google caused injury to it by a provably false statement … as distinguished from an unfavorable opinion about KinderStart.com’s importance.”

KinderStart’s legal counsel is probably looking for a change of diapers about now (sorry couldn’t resist the parenting pun)…

YouTube Banned by Turkey, Subpoenaed by Cuban

In case you missed it, the Turkish government banned YouTube from the entire country. One judicial decision and they flip a switch—bam. No more Lazy Sunday in Turkey. (I’m not being flip; apparently the ban really is that simple.) (Okay, I’m being flip about Lazy Sunday.)

The questionable video that prompted the decision, which criticized Turkey’s founder, has been removed from the site. Philipp Lenssen reports that YouTube is working to get back into Turkey. This is only natural since Turkey was one of their most profitable markets ;) .

As if that weren’t enough, Mark Cuban has subpoenaed YouTube/Google to get the identities of users who posted pirated versions of copyrighted works from his Magnolia Pictures.

He tells Reuters: