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Google Homepage Now Links to Privacy Policy  (View post)

Scott Moonen [PersonRank 2]

Friday, July 4, 2008
11 years ago3,257 views

Interesting. From what I know, I believe that a copyright statement is not valid if it does not include the name of the owner: copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html ...

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

It appears that the link has been added to localized versions too:
google.fi/intl/fi/privacy.html

(Finnish version)

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

And the text of the statement is in Finnish too

Art Nagy [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

RE Juha-Matti Laurio:
That's right – same for the Hungarian version:
google.hu/intl/hu/privacy.html

Benjamin Schirmer [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Well, if they would just have linked the word "Google" to where "About Google" links now and then exchanged "About Google" with "Privacy" and the new link they would not only be able to add this but also save a word!!! *take that* ^^

Eugene Villar [PersonRank 5]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here]Scott. The copyright statement may be invalid but it doesn't mean that the copyright status itself is not valid. Copyright exists from the time a creative work is published in a tangible copyable form regardless of whether there's a valid copyright statement or not.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Thanks Art. Yeah, they have translated it to many not-so-widely-spoken languages too;-)

Observer [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Scott, the FAQ entry you're linking to is a recommendation (it's a "may" or perhaps a "should", not a "must"). If you scroll up a bit, you'll notice that the section starts by stating that "The use of a copyright notice is no longer required under U.S. law".

(and the point of that part of the recommendation is to make it possible to identify the owner; surely it shouldn't be that much of a problem to identify the owner of a page located at "google.com" :-)

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Google wants to keep the "weight" of their homepage down to 28 words, but this is still quite heavy compared to search.yahoo.com at 16 words.

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