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Judge validates legality of Google's caching practice
By: Juan Carlos Perez
IDG News Service (Miami Bureau)  (20 Mar 2006)

A lawsuit that sought to establish as illegal several core functions of
Google Inc.'s search engine has been dismissed, a boost to the company
as it defends itself against similar allegations in other cases.

Writer and publisher Gordon Roy Parker sued Google in 2004, leveling 11
claims against the operator of the world's most popular search engine,
including various instances of copyright infringement, defamation,
invasion of privacy and negligence.

In a 20-page decision handed down last Friday, March 10, Judge R.
Barclay Surrick of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of
Pennsylvania dismissed the lawsuit, saying the plaintiff failed to
state a claim on which relief could be granted.

At issue in this case was the legality of Google's practice of
automatically storing a copy of Web pages it indexes, a practice known
as caching. It lets Google offer in its search results not only links
to live Web pages but also to archived snapshots of those pages kept by

The lawsuit also questioned the legality of Google's practice of
automatically archiving postings made to the Usenet online bulletin
board system, which the Mountain View, California, company maintains.
The lawsuit also challenged Google's practice of serving up excerpts of
Web pages' texts along with links to them in its search results.

Throughout his decision, Judge Surrick confesses finding the complaint
confusing, calling it at one time a "rambling pleading" and often
indicating that its arguments and allegations were unclear. But the
judge left no doubt that Google's caching of Web pages, archiving of
Usenet posting and provision of Web page excerpts do not constitute
copyright infringement.

Parker isn't the only one taking Google to court over its search engine
practices. The Agence France Presse wire service is suing Google for
copyright infringement over the inclusion of AFP content in the Google
News service, which aggregates links to news stories, often providing
excerpts and thumbnail images from them. Perfect 10 Inc., an adult
entertainment company, is also suing the company over inclusion of
thumbnail images of its photos in Google's image search service.
Perfect 10 obtained a victory in February when the court issued a
preliminary injunction against Google.

Parker, who publishes his writings online using the name Snodgrass
Publishing Group and runs the site , at one time posted a portion of
one of his books on Usenet. In his lawsuit, he argued that Google's
automatic archiving of his Usenet post constituted direct copyright
infringement. Parker, who acted as his own attorney, also argued that
Google violates his copyright when it provides excerpts from his Web
site in search results and when it caches his Web pages.

Neither Parker nor Google immediately responded to requests seeking

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