From Dave Winer at Scripting News. He was instrumental in the creation of blogs and podcasting and is leading the charge against Google AutoLink.
We noticed that Google’s AdLink is US only. And now we have a good idea why. Copyright law in other countries, notably the UK, makes what they’re doing more difficult and would probably require an opt-in for authors and publishers. And I guess it’s no surprise either that the EFF has remained officially silent. Web authors must look like the RIAA to them. If so, we have a bigger problem, it seems.