by Jesse Brown Sunday February 28, 2010

GigaOm's Matthew Ingram has posted a thoughtful roundup and analysis of opinions on the recent decision against Google in Italy (link). 

While the consensus is that Italy's courts were stupid, fascistic, and probably corrupt in their conviction of the Google executives, some have dared to argue that Italy has a point; Google publishes content and sells ads against it. Therefore it is just as responsible for the content it provides as I am for what appears on this blog. 

Makes sense, until you consider the reality of the situation: Google is also an open content platform, and asking it to vet every piece of user generated content it hosts would essentially shut it down, along with a thousand other services like it.