MSFT Live Search Books Adds Copyrighted Material
I’ve come to think of book search as Google’s specialty – there have been weeks in which the search engine giant made as many as two or three separate announcements about its various literature-related projects. Yet Microsoft’s also in this game, and the Redmond-based company has just expanded its Live Search Books collection.
The expansion involves a lot of copyrighted material – books from Simon & Schuster, McGraw-Hill, and the Oxford University Press, among others, according to an entry on the Live Search blog (the blog actually lists 35 entities as “just a few of our launch partners”). Yet Microsoft, unlike Google, does not seem doomed to wind up in court for its actions, as Bill Gates’s corporation received the publishers’ official go-ahead.
“The changes to its Live Search Books comes months after Microsoft attacked Google for what it called the Web search leader’s ‘cavalier’ approach to copyright protection in services like Google Book Search,” notes a Reuters article.
Furthermore, “[t]he world’s top software maker said Google’s ambitious plan to scan millions of published works and make them available via its search system without first gaining copyright holders’ permission could open the door to massive infringement.”