Silicon Valley Watcher - Former FT journalist Tom Foremski reporting from the intersection of technology and media

The Washington Times, comes to same conclusion as Silicon Valley Watcher last week: Google has an interest in keeping content free and keeping the index valuable

Posted by Tom Foremski - November 3, 2005

. . . It's the start of the content versus index war--human content versus machine produced content

By Tom Foremski, Silicon Valley Watcher.com

On October 27, I wrote:

The Google database is an attempt to accumulate a massive amount of content for free--just as the balance of power is shifting towards content owners . . . the Google database will devalue all content

GOOG is devaluing the value of content by insisting the only value is in aggregation. People dump content for free into GOOGbase, but GOOG monetizes the index.

This Commentary in Wednesday's Washington Times:

Google envisions a world in which all content is free; and of course, it controls the portal through which Internet users access that content. It would completely devalue everyone else's property and massively increase the value of its own.

From Reining in Google by Pat Schroeder/Bob Barr November 3, 2005


I'm glad my reasoning checks out and I wouldn't want to accuse Washington Times of copying my thoughts on this issue about copying :-)

I think it is shaping up to be content against index war--and human against machine, as I conclude:

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. .Creating content is hard, but the human labor expended results in something of value.

Dumping content into the GOOGbase and making it free devalues the labor of people and rewards machine-based content production: Google's index pages. imho.

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