Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by David at 2007-03-06 12:10
or 'Microsoft wishes they'd thought of it first'
"Google allows snippets of copyrighted works to be seen on the web on its Google Books Search. A Microsoft lawyer will say Google is cutting into authors' profits."
My understanding of the server is that the snippit isn't really big enough to care about about in this way, and is more likely to draw a person's attention to the book and cause them to buy it, then it is to save them from having to aquire the book in the first place.
"Mr Rubin will say that the acquisition of You Tube - which has featured large amounts of copyrighted material - showed Google's track record of protecting copyrights"
Because policing a service like YouTube for copyrighted material is so very very easy isn't it? And its not like Google are doing deals to get licenses for material, is it?
I'm no fan of Google (evil spammers who can't do anything right except search) and I've mellowed somewhat towards Microsoft over the last couple of years, but this is just MS crying over not being the leading company in an industry they want to play in.
Hmm, the BBC article actually turns out to be fairly well balanced (the Beeb usually seems to be weighted rather more heavily in favour of traditional copyright licenses, banning fair use, and hugging the RIAA). The last section is pretty pro-Google.