The crashing sound you hear is the sound of Ariana Huffington pulling the plug on Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post, Matt Drudge taking down thedrudgereport.com, and Pete Cashmore deciding http://mashable is illegal.
The truth is, this is not about some gurus opinion or my opinion.
This is about what the courts have decided.
First, the courts have recently ruled that citing an ENTIRE ARTICLE is legal.
Not an excerpt - an entire article.
Order Dismissing Righthaven's Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
This decision was given by a Nevada court and later affirmed by a Colorado court.
Colorado Court Order Dismissing Righthaven's Lawsuit Against Leland Wolf
So the whole "curation is illegal" is just pure bunk.
I've heard statements as absurd as "Google is going to go after The Huffington Post".
In a pig's eye as my Grandmother used to say.
Curation is legal.
Curation is ethical.
Curation is Google friendly and Panda LOVES it.
So the next time you hear someone say Curation is illegal, just smile.
Because they have shown they don't know what they are talking about.
So folks, with apologies to John Travolta - "Grease" is not the word; "Curation" is.