Anonymous Coward writes "CNN is running a story about a company that is saving periodic 'snapshot' archives of the whole www (or as much as they can) for historical purposes. Interestingly they say that although they might have considered saving everything except ads, they didn't throw away the ads because historians claim that ads give a better "glimpse of what life was like" in the past. I wonder what legal ramifications will arise for possessing such archives of the "whole web" as snapshots-in-time. Thoughts of DeCSS, CPHack, MS Kerberos' click-wrap license, I.P. "ownership" of collected databases cross my mind."