runs fairly uninhibited for the most part, largely because of the aura of usefulness they seem to have, but occasionally they still run afoul of other companies. Not long ago, a Belgium based newspaper sued the giant, due to its caching of news articles and images that you could retrieve from search. While I find such features infinitely useful, the Belgium courts agreed that Google would have to proactively contact copyright owners first before doing such. They've been ordered to pay a fine
and remove what they already have up:
But in the future, it said it would be up to copyright owners to get in touch with Google by e-mail to complain if the site was posting content that belonged to them. Google would then have 24 hours to withdraw the content or face a daily fine of 1,000 euros ($1,295).
How will this ruling impact other archiving? From a research point of view, preventing Google or other companies from keeping copies of digital material that may have been long since lost is a bad thing. The law, unfortunately, is not on their side with this one.