Plagiarism has always been a big problem on the web and you often here webmasters and website owners complaining about their content being copied and reproduced across the web.
Google+ encourages the sharing of web content, most webmasters don’t mind snippets of their content being shared in this way, but what about the ones that do?
Is it only a matter of time before a big name in the Google+ community Shares the wrong content and faces copyright abuse claims?
Hiding behind the skirts of Google won’t help people as they can use Safe Harbor and make it clear that the submitter of content is responsible and must;
“Make sure you have the necessary rights to grant us this license for any content that you submit to our Services.”
Are we are heading towards a minefield and the Internet lawyers having a field day?
Which publishing company or lawyer will be brave enough to put their heads above the parapets and claim copyright abuse against a popular Google+ user?
And if they do, will there be a snowball effect and which starts the bandwagon rolling?
by Terry Simmonds