Steve Rubel at Micropersuasion complains about the Official Google Docs Blog encouraging students to automatically cut-and-paste images found online, without attribution:

Fans of Google Image Search will be happy to see that you can also find and insert images into your documents. Again, you just highlight a word or phrase. Then, use Tools>Search… using Image Search. Once you find the right image, you can drag-and-drop that image directly into your document.

Steve has a simple, elegant solution:

There’s a simple solution here. Add a Creative Commons filter for re-usable content to any image search activated from Google Docs and teach students how to source them.

That’s not just a good idea — as Lawrence Lessig has been shouting from the roof tops, under the Grokster decision,

one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright … is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties.

Photographs can and do sue over infringement of their photos, like PhillySkyLine did recently (see here for more; frankly, it looks like a slam dunk for them).

Probably not what Google intended.