Google launched Google Street View last week in Denmark. Now it turns out that the service may very well be very illegal. The law they are breaking is §264a that forbids anyone to take pictures of people at private places.
I love to go places, meet new and interesting people; eat exotic and strange foods; experience other cultures first hand; learn new things and see the many wonders of the world. I love the people, the smells, the views and the sounds. But I really hate travelling!
Google founded their business on “stealing” other people’s copyrighted online material. Then they moved on to printed books, our streets etc. They never asked if we want to be “robbed” – Google stick to the claim that its all for the good and they know better. Just like the white man did in Africa!
There is a big event going on here in Denmark these days – the Olympic Committee is meeting up to decide which city gets the next OL. Copenhagen is filled up with prominent people – presidents and kings.
One of Denmark’s major daily newspapers Politiken have printed an entire book in today’s edition without permission from the author or the publisher! They claim that their “freedom of speech” is more important than the publishers copyright. The same newspaper is strongly against Google News and similar news search services.