Unscrupulous opportunists take advantage of the ignorance of the masses to cite Google as their inspiration, presumably in the belief that, if Google does it, it must be legal.
Here are two enterprises that, in my opinion are dedicated to copyright infringement because they specialize in directing their Members and Users to where illegal downloads can be found.
DISCLAIMER : EbookScam (not its real name).com is a
search engine of ebooks on the Internet and does not upload or store
any files on its server. We only index and link to content provided by
other sites much like how Google works.
Note: FREEBIESCAMMER (not its real name)does not host any files to items listed. We
simply index file links we have found on other websites on the web (similar way
to how Google works!).
Google is a Search engine that locates all sorts of information. It does not discriminate. It is automated. It does not select which images, blurbs, and links to show, and it does remove infringing links in response to lawful notices from copyright infringers (although, those infringing links are still made available to all the world on a separate Google-sponsored site), and Google does list a DMCA link and a means to reach its copyright agent.
EbookScam (not its real name).com and FREEBIESCAMMER (not its real name) do not, in my opinion, pass the smell test listed on the thomas.loc.gov site because:
1. They are dedicated to helping freetards find places to download ebooks without paying for them. (In the case of the Freebiescammer, they also point freebie-seekers to movies, music, magazines and more in addition to ebooks.)
2. They post images of the ebooks' cover art, also reviews and blurbs even though they claim not to host or control the actual files. To that extent, they choose and control the content and actively "know" or could be reasonably assumed to know, what they are doing.
3. They do not post the name of a copyright agent.
Both these so-called seach engines for ebooks make money from advertising, and from pay-per-click type monetization of traffic, and from donations..... Unfortunately, I cannot help but conclude that at least one of them is also an Amazon affiliate and may be paid by honest readers who use his links to visit a legal buy-the-book page.
Just to illustrate and comment on the irony of these "giveaways" for the purposes of education and --yes-- commentary, one of them is giving away an issue of the Economist. I will share the image (on the popular assumption that a thumbnail is public domain)
And the other, is giving away a book by a former colleague of mine, along with a review that seems to me to be the absolute epitome of irony.
"The book is superb, Jana DeLeon is a huge talent and more people should
know about her. Unfortunately, I can't recommend buying her book from
here because the ex-publisher, Dorchester, no longer owns the rights to
sell it and is now effectively stealing from the author."
It all goes to show, in the minds of these internet exploiters, two wrongs make it all right for them to rip off authors and content providers.
By the way, EbookScam (not its real name).com is asking Users to "Help others and Let the good reciprocate! Earn the respect of thousand of eReaders by submitting a verified download link to this ebook" which seems to me very much like a blatant solicitation of copyright infringement.