Fun With Microsoft’s Anti-Google Rant

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The groundwork for the massive attack on Google Book Search as orchestrated by Microsoft’s executives and PR handlers conveniently ignores Microsoft’s tactics and history.

Fun With Microsoft's Anti-Google Rant
Fun With Microsoft’s Anti-Google Rant

Gosh, where to begin?

The full text of Tom Rubin, Associate General Counsel for Copyright, Trademark and Trade Secrets, Microsoft Corporation, offers a good starting point. Keep in mind the content of his “opportunity to speak” about copyright and book scanning was conveniently leaked to a number of news outlets.

His address to the Association of American Publishers, a friendly party to Microsoft’s own book scanning endeavors, criticizes Google in several places. After touting the Microsoft Library program, restricted to public domain or out-of-copyright works, not to mention the New York Times Reader, he tosses in a mention of the Da Vinci notebook exhibit presented online by the British Library and Bill Gates.

It’s enough to make you wonder why Google would threaten not just authors and publishers, but everyone who’s ever created some form of art.

Rubin brings out the chestnut of Google indexing books, including the works of several libraries that willingly agreed to participate in their Book Search. When Google started scanning works in and out of copyright, Rubin said, “Concocting a novel

Fun With Microsoft’s Anti-Google Rant
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