Google and Piracy
One of the great harms the music meltdown has done to us is that lots of Internet firms now sympathize with the pirates and assume that it’s just a song or two and that everything will work out fine in the end. "An important part of this", Flanagan writes, "is that the ease of finding illegal ebooks has removed any stigma involved. Malware sites get flagged 'may harm your computer'. Porn images get filtered by default in Google image search. But illegal copies of ebooks? They're just out in the open--it must be okay to download them."
The comments are filled with idiots who suggest selling sophisticated technical reference books – some of Flanagan’s are right at the state of the art – for $0.99 in order to circumvent piracy. Or give the books away, since pirates aren’t going to pay anyway.