You know what? This "Google Toolbar is Evil" thing looks to me like nothing more than a flame war between the Alpha Geeks and the Alpha Commentators. The Alpha geeks who make their money from code are all going "Hey, cool hack. Let's write a Firefox extension that does that and this as well". The Alpha Commentators who make money from their words, are all going "my words are sacrosanct, how dare you change them".

So I had an idea. I went looking for a Google critic who has a Creative Commons license on their blog. I finally found one. Micro Persuasion and here. Look there's an "Attribution 1.0" license on the blog.

You are free:

* to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work
* to make derivative works
* to make commercial use of the work

Under the following conditions:
by Attribution. You must give the original author credit.

So this guy has given permission for Google to make a commercial, derivative work of his blog as long as it retains an attribution. Well the Google Auto-link function does exactly that. So what are you complaining about?

Hmmm. So should Google respect the copyright license on web pages? Tricky. But a firefox extension writer could as there are already some extensions to display and act on the Creative Commons license where people have put the code in.

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