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How Not to Get Snookered by Claims of "Proof" of Copyright Infringement

Jan 24, 2011, 18:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)

"I guess you heard that Florian Mueller is at it again. He made strong claims of a smoking gun regarding alleged copyright infringement of Oracle files by Google. Well, in the cold light of day, some of the media who printed it without fact checking are now awakening to the news that the news wasn't as reliable or unchallengeable as they assumed.

"You'll find corrections now, notably from Ed Burnette at ZDNet, who is a programmer-journalist, and by Paul Ryan at ars technica. That is what journalists are supposed to do, if they see wrong information. It's part of the ethics of being a good journalist, and the other part is to issue corrections when the mistake is your own. To their credit, many journalists have now corrected what they wrote initially.

"However some continue to print that that it still means something horrible about Google and the predictions of Google's doom are still in the air. And of course, Florian never quits, so he promises more."

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