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Microsoft to Google: Your Technology May Be Better But We’re...

In an effort to suppress technological innovation, Microsoft decides to cozy up to the Association of American Publishers by accusing Google of consistently violating the copyright law with its Google Book Search. Conveniently, the comments can be read in their entirety at Microsoft’s website. Microsoft asserts it understands and shares concerns regarding the troubling nature of Google’s project as author of copyrighted . While it’s messenger, Thomas C. Rubin, Microsoft’s Associate General Counsel for Copyright, Trademark, and Trade Secrets, doesn’t know the answer, he urges consideration of three principles:

  • Expanded online access should be encouraged
  • Reject business models based on systematic infringement of copyrights (ie. Google)
  • Find consumer friendly and cost effective solutions

Miscrosoft is currently only digitizing public domain and out of copyright works. It’s recent salvo is nothing new. Microsoft, as part of the Open Content Alliance, has critisized Google before. It’s just more public. Microsoft’s statements received industry criticism from

  • Don Dodge, director of business development for Microsoft’s Emerging Business Team, calling Microsoft’s pandering to the AAP as “dumb.”
  • Ed Black, president of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (both Google and Microsoft belong), saying that Microsoft’s own practices are built around reverse engineering, a fair use of copyrighted programs.

In light of the recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board to adopt a per play rate proposal created by the RIAA, which will put internet radio out of business if enforced, it is hard to see that “consumer friendly and cost effective” solutions will be supported by the powers that be.

Via Information Week.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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