A Conservative peer has put forward a proposal to exempt all search engines from any copyrights regulations that could bind then when they create copies of pages across the web to effectively perform their search duties.
Search engines work by creating a copy, or "index", of pages on the internet, and it is this copy which the system then puts forwards when a user searches for a particular item or puts in a query. It is after this that the user is directed to the live and current version of the page.
Despite the fact that web publishers have not yet taken any action against search engine firms in UK for violating copyrights and using their pages, Lord Lucas has proposed an amendment to the controversial Digital Economy Bill, which would give search engines to legally make copies of pages.
"Every provider of a publicly accessible website shall be presumed to give a standing and non-exclusive license to providers of search engine services to make a copy of some or all of the content of that website, for the purpose only of providing said search engine services", the proposed change says.
The amendment would still give publishers the right to deny the permission to copy files if they want to. The development has come amidst many publishers across the world accusing search engines of stealing their content.