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March 07, 2007
Microsoft Vs. Google.
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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Nice article. Mr. Nussbaum...we are having a discussion of Microsoft Vs. Google on my college Webct. I want to include your article. Obviously it will not be printed, and will be deleted at the end of the semester. May I? Sincerely, Melinda Whitley Del Mar College
Posted by: Melinda Whitley at March 11, 2007 09:25 PM