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Microsoft is taking aim at Google Inc.'s rival book-scanning project, saying the search company "systematically violates copyright." In prepared remarks he is scheduled to deliver Tuesday to a publishing industry group, a Microsoft Corp. lawyer also said Google is cutting into the profits of authors and publishers.
"Google takes the position that everything may be freely copied unless the copyright owner notifies Google and tells it to stop," said Rubin, noting that Microsoft takes the position of seeking the copyright owner's consent before they copy.
Tom Rubin, associate general counsel for Microsoft, will say in a speech in New York that while authors and publishers find it hard to cover costs, "companies that create no content of their own, and make money solely on the back of other people's content, are raking in billions through advertising and initial public offerings".
they stole a stolen thing, it's not as bad :)
Didn't apple "borrow" a few ideas from Xerox Parc?
This MSFT jab is funny though and IMO it's no coindence. I am sure Gates et al knew and approved this attack.
Pretty funny from a company that got rich by stealing other people's innovations.
Stealing is the wrong word.
M$ like any other major company recognises innovation in other companies by buying them, not stealing from them .. nothing new in that.
I often hear this point being made as though M$ are somehow different. Think about it, how many small innovative companies has Google bought over during the last ten years?
I'm no MS supporter - and slam them for the things they do wrong - but it's in all our interests to support them when they're doing something that we'd like others to follow.
Nevermind the fact that they don't come to you with the "opt out" option. You have to first realize that Google is ripping your intellectual property, then tell them to stop.
"You're in unless you tell us otherwise."
Seems like they're assuming a little more authority than they're entitled to, if you ask me.
Furthermore, for all of the people that like to bring up how Microsoft likes to rip off this company and that company. The truth is that you would be hard-pressed to find a company that doesn't mimic other people's innovations in their design - especially in any new/evolving medium. It's just the way that things work. They could take more of a Google approach and just wait for something to look promising, then buy it *cough*Youtube*cough*.
Back on the ripping other people's stuff subject, though. This whole book thing gives me a bad flashback of a day when a certain company began making mp3s available for free, not realizing that one day the owners of the intellectual property contained therewithin would come at them with a furious whineyboy-drummer (Lars) vengeance.
And now I'm off of my soapbox :)
[edited by: caveman at 4:47 pm (utc) on Mar. 6, 2007]
Now that I thought about it, it is my understanding that the copyright is a way to "opt out."
Google pays no attention to copyright notices. You have to use their code: <meta name="ROBOTS" value="noarchive">
The "your in unless you tell us otherwise" policy is pretty much the same as the phone book. Your home adress and phone numbers are published unless you "PAY" for an unlisted number! I can just see all the search engines jumping on that band wagon at some point in the future! Don't want us to cache your pages ... no problem! That will be $200.00 for the first year please and $100.00 for all subsequent years.
Yep, I can just see it now! :)
Great point! The day that this happens is the day that I get the heck out of SEO, that's for sure.
I was really just kidding. I was only looking at the possible angles the SE's could use to milk this sort of thing.
The topic itself: Microsoft Takes Google to Task on Copyright is so silly that I decided to just throw in something humourous rather than serious.
Now if that headline had read: 10,000 webmasters Take Google to Task on Copyright violation ... my post would have been very, very different! :)
Let them throw bricks at each other's glass houses. Makes no difference to me who wins or loses this particular public relations war ... the fact of the matter is that Google delivers the goods and MSN doesn't. (At least not yet they don't!)
Now forget the internet part of this. The web is a whore. I figured out that a long time ago; So accordingly, the work I value, the creative product I originate, is put into print, not on the internet. When I sell a book I do not provide the right to reproduce that book to anyone that buys it.
Google is stealing and their thievery is motivated by profit. Authors of print publications are no longer in control of their creative work.
I'm glad a big guy like MS is saying something. Lord knows our government doesn't have the guts to- after all, look what they let happen to the rights of artists in the music industry.