Responsibility and search engines

August 12, 2007

  I read an intriguing defense of not regulating search engines, and by extension the internet today.  I disagree with it in part, because search engines are getting a free ride to riches, and ignoring their responsibilities in the process.  I’m not an expert, but it seems like a logical extension of current law to require search engine owners to ensure that they are not promoting stolen or plagiarized intellectual property.  I can hear the cries of foul already.  Can you imagine how much slower information would be placed on a search engine if you required them to ensure its authenticity and ownership?

   Why shouldn’t that be a requirement though?  We require newspapers, televisions, private foundations, et al to ensure that anything they use of an intellectual nature be vetted, and credit be given to the original authors of that material.  Further, there are a host of laws on the books that punish those who steal intellectual property or plagairize the work of others. 

   It occurs to me that the defense must be, well, we are only listing it.  Well, that makes you a conspirator, and open to every statute under the RICO act.  You have knowingly entered into an organized venture to defraud others of a valuable commodity that they own, and you should be punished.  If you list stolen proerty that has value on a search engine you own, then you have profited from that listing, and have damaged the original owner of that property by not ensuring he recieves the renumeration for the work.  

   Seems to be sensible to me.  If something I own causes damage to something else, I am liable for that damage.  My example is if my dog bites you, it’s my resonsibility.  This plays out all over the country everyday as dog owners are punished for damage their animals perpetrate.  Why not search engine owners when their search engines are used to profit off works stolen from others?

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how you got here

August 1, 2007

Hola.

the way you get here tends to amuse me no end.  I’ve written one of these before, and I’ll try like hell not to repeat myself.  The day was heinously long, and greviously malignant, so if I do…tough shit.

many of you have suddenly been renamed wordpress dashboard.  Lets just deal with the search engine hits

1.  rabbit penis picture –  yup.  not kidding.  Roscoe’s member has been googled.  I’m trying to visualize the human behind the keyboard.  No,  really thats the last thing I want to see.

2.  chancre mouth –  these things are uncanny.  I hate to be doing the equivalent of a country boy in the city staring at the tall buildings, but I usaed those words in the same sentence once at least two weeks ago.

3. horses that are lame but don’t know y! – gotta be someone trying to figure out whats up with the Ron Paul campaign

4. retards made to wear a diaper again – I’m not certain, but this may have to do with the folks at White Noise Insanity

5. ron paul waste vote nader – sorry…this just tickles me..wonder who the poli-sci major is that typed that

6. india + dancing + bear + urban + legend  – yep…thats verbatim…it almost makes me want to go tpye it in myself, but if it comes up with only me I’ll freak out and throw the computer away

7. michael moore rush limbaugh whale blubber – who says i don’t have a varied audience

8. alli weight depends diapers stock buy – now this is one of those fools that read me and didn’t instantly add me to their favorites.  They then spent weeks trying to find me again, finally mamaging to come up with the proper sequence of words.

9. mother lust stories –  I know this is a repeat, but i gotta tell yuh, I get hit with it almost daily….sick fux

10. where can I watch the full version of the –  so they sent him here?  What in jehovah the reprobates name could he watch here in its entirity?  The death of literacy?

11.  boy badly pee pee-  let this be a lesson to you….never write anything with the word pee in it.

12  eat my ass biscuits criminy jicket – fine…whoever you are…you obviously wanted mention so here you are, being incredibly not famous on my blog.