Microsoft Squealing on Google Over Book Copyright Issues

Mar 7, 2007 • 7:26 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Legal Issues in Search

The big news over the weekend was that Microsoft to blast Google for its copyright policy via Reuters. Let me give you some quotes to some things up quickly.

In prepared remarks to be delivered to the Association of American Publishers, Microsoft Associate General Counsel Thomas Rubin argues that Google's move into new media markets has come at the expense of publishers of books, videos and software.

"Companies that create no content of their own, and make money solely on the backs of other people's content, are raking in billions through advertising revenue and IPOs," says Rubin, who oversees copyright and trade secret law at Microsoft.

"We do this by complying with international copyright laws, and the result has been more exposure and in many cases more revenue for authors, publishers and producers of content."

Danny Sullivan, as always, has done an excellent job Dissecting Microsoft Slams At Google As Copyright Infringer, so read that as well.

But let's see what the search marketing industry things about this:

All those web pages that don't want to be indexed and want to stay invisible on the web can just do the robots text thingy. The rest of us will just pay no attention

I would like to see a government or "internet" service where original content owners can submit their property such as articles and images. This service would then provide the proof of original registration. Search engines would check there, either automatically or by request of the owner to be sure that they are not indexing duplicate copies of registered material.

We are living in the age of content theft. This theft is rampant, done in secret and almost unenforceable. I believe that this service could be supported by a small fee charged for each submission.

That is really weird that they would just stand up and say something like that. It almost seems personal. Google is making money because they are good at organizing data. Books should be set up like music. If you show books with advertising there should be a set fee that goes to the publisher/author like radio stations do.

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.

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