Good exercise in analogical reasoning: is stealing laptops analogous to indexing books without permission?

Richard Charkin, the CEO of Macmillan and owner of Nature Publishing Group created a stir at BookExpo America in NYC. He walked up to Google’s booth and stole two of their laptops, then later returned them, saying that he’d done it because there wasn’t any sign telling him not to steal them. This was intended as a criticism of Google’s book-scanning project. The project aims to index all printed books (including out-of-print ones) by scanning them, and this is done without the explicit permission of the publishers or authors. (Text adapted from Boing Boing)


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