A New Social Site For Photographers? Not So Fast Google Buzz « Photofocus
If you want to share a picture (or if someone else on Buzz wants to share a picture) all you have to do is put a link to that photo into Buzz and the thumbnails are embedded right there in your post. In other words, Google is republishing your image WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION. It’s one thing to email a friend a link to a photo. It’s another to email the actual photo.
Ummm anyone read Title 17 of the U.S. Code over there at Google’s home office? There’s this thing called the U.S. Copyright Act and it clearly says that you can’t republish someone else’s photograph without their written permission???
Essentially Buzz is a potential Copyright-infringement machine. And because Google has 88 KABILLION dollars and 200,000,000 lawyers, they’ll no doubt get away with this since they seem to have the money and the power to do anything they want.
~ by Gary Austin on February 20, 2010.