One of the major themes we encountered in this week’s reading is that Google relies on the openness of the web in order to create many of their products, which it can generate revenue for itself. The most prevalent example is web search. Google scours the web and indexes sites to provide users with a very comprehensive and reliable instrument to navigate the web. It generates revenue by selling Adwords against those searches but it does not compensate those websites that make up the search results.
Over the weekend, Brazilian newspapers feel that Google should compensate them for being part of the very popular Google News search engine. Since Google does not as of yet compensate newspapers for indexing them on Google News, the Brazilian newspapers have collectively exercised their right to opt out of the nascent Brazilian Google News. Obviously without those newspapers, the service is pretty useless.