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Got back from the desert to see Microsoft blast Google for having a business model that violates copywrite law. Wow, that is heavy—and funny from a company with its own history of conflicts with the law. Amazing to see what the gain and loss of monopoloy power does to companies and competition.
I’m a fan of Google (obviously) but as an author, I can’t help but be bothered by the notion that Google can digitally copy my books without asking my permission. Yes, I know, Google says it will only show a small bit of the book and that is certainly allowed but I have to trust the company not to offer up the entire thing without paying royalties. I don’t want to be forced to trust Google or any company or any institution for that matter. Trust comes from a voluntary decision.
And yes, I can opt out, somehow, if I take the time and energy to figure out how to do it. But, really, I’d rather be asked by Google to use my content, my creativity. And paid.
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