Sunday, September 27, 2009

Dictionary sites and search engine scraping

Chadwick Matin has a paradoxical article in the Sunday Washington Post (Sept. 27), “It’s getting easier to find the definition of ‘parasitic’ online”, URL link here. Try it in Bing, and you’ll get a definition, from the Encarta World English Dictionary, with source here. Try it in Google and you get the Wikipedia article on Parasitism, here.

Matin’s point is, of course, is that from Bing, right now, dictionary sites themselves will not get full page requests, leading to full advertising revenue. But this reminds me of the “news site scraping” problem that has led to legal action against a few news collection sites by the Associated Press.

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