Google wins rights to Usenet material
If it’s posted then it’s published
Google has won a two year legal fight for the right to publish Usenet message board material on its web site.
The case was bought after Gordon Roy Parker, who publishes his works on the internet under the name Snodgrass Publishing Group, sued Google for reprinting part of a book he wrote and posted on Usenet.
The excerpt, from the book ?Â¢â€šÃ‡Â¨?Ã¬29 Reasons Not To Be A Nice Guy,?Â¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ was cached by Google and can be accessed via the search engoine. Parker sued Google in 2004 on eleven charges, including direct copyright infringement, racketeering and invasion of privacy.
Full article: vnunet.com