Google’s policy to cache pages is legal

Google’s policy to cache pages is legal

Search engine giants Google has something to cheer about after they have been in controversies related to their decision to launch a censored version of Google Search Engine in China. The company has been supported in a court ruling, which found that the Google’s policy to cache pages they index is legal and does not break copyright of the site owners.

The company was sued by a writer who removed a post from his website after posting it a while ago. The story remained accessible on the net through Google’s cache feature. However, his claims were not supported by the courts as he failed to make use of certain meta tag features Google provides to block indexing and caching by search engine spiders.

This means that considering the complainant had an option to use scripts to block Google and other search engine spiders from his servers, and he failed to use them, Google cannot be blamed for indexing his site and caching the content of the website pages. The courts also said that Google’s caching amounts to fair use of the works being copied and transmitted.

However, the search engine giant continues to be criticized by companies who want their content indexed in search engines but don’t like the content to be accessible after it is blocked from public eyes on the website. It still takes a while for Google to remove the deleted content from its index after pages are removed from the internet.

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