Google just donated $30,000 to the Creative Commons
. The place that makes created works "copyrighted" for lack of a better word is apparently in Google's list as a benefactee. You may have heard the buzz around the web that is was not a big deal for Google to drop $30,000 to support CC. Heck, I wish they would donate 30 G's to me, I already sing their praises. I ask you: if Google's money meant nothing, as the ad-hoc consensus sees it, then what of it? Why did Google do it? I mean, Google has so much money, dropping $30K is like buying a box of crackers (sorry, got sick of the "drop in a bucket" cliche). In my mind (yes, a bit crazy, I know) it is merely a vote of confidence for the work of the chartiable CC. This doesn't surprise me too much, since Google has been at least sympathetic to the open-source camp. I don't for a minute simply dismiss the idea that Google most likely has ulterior motives, because they could, but sometimes companies do nice things for others. Which one is it? You decide, but the point is that Google recognizes the significance of Creative Commons. I wish more companies, people, and segments of the web did too. The blogosphere at least has it right.