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    Microsoft has launched a scathing attack on Google, saying the search giant's rival book-scanning service "systematically violates copyright".
    Users can download pages from thousands of books

    Since December, Microsoft's project - Live Search Books - has allowed users to access certain publications which were no longer under copyright.

    However, Google allows snippets of copyrighted works to be seen on the web on its Google Books Search.

    A Microsoft lawyer has accused Google of cutting into authors' profits.

    Google plans to scan millions of books and journals from libraries around the world and make them available.

    However, Microsoft lawyer Thomas Rubin has said that by doing this without seeking permission, Google has left itself wide open to the accusation of copyright infringement.

    "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," Mr Rubin told a meeting of the Association of American publishers in New York.

    "Google takes the position that everything may be freely copied unless the copyright owner notifies Google and tells it to stop."

     

    Mr Rubin said that the acquisition of YouTube - which has featured large amounts of copyrighted material - showed Google's track record of protecting copyrights in other parts of its business was "weak" at best.

    "Anyone who visits YouTube, which Google purchased last year, will immediately recognise that it follows a similar cavalier approach to copyright," he said.

    More info can be found at

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6422471.stm

    Wednesday, March 7, 2007 4:37 PM

Answers

  • The charges on google may be true to some extent but only a fair judgement will be able to bring out the complete truth.
    Friday, March 9, 2007 4:47 PM
  • The best remedy for google is to let open its accounts and working strategies for the investigating agencies to complete their investigaions.
    Friday, March 9, 2007 5:21 PM

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  • how is it possible for the giants to violate the copy rights...is this info true...can u give me the links pls...
    Thursday, March 8, 2007 4:13 PM
  • yeah is there any info available on the net?
    Friday, March 9, 2007 4:42 AM
  • Friday, March 9, 2007 6:19 AM
  • The charges on google may be true to some extent but only a fair judgement will be able to bring out the complete truth.
    Friday, March 9, 2007 4:47 PM
  • The best remedy for google is to let open its accounts and working strategies for the investigating agencies to complete their investigaions.
    Friday, March 9, 2007 5:21 PM
  • i think its common among companies to do such mistakes....all gaint companies do afford to do such things..it may be true or not....only proffessionals in their field kno what's happening....
    Friday, March 9, 2007 6:36 PM
  • in google books, they don allow the users to access the entire book they show us only a few pages an still if we want the entire book we need to buy it...so i don feel this issue is going to cause any trouble to google...
    Saturday, March 10, 2007 7:34 AM