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March 07, 2007

Microsoft Vs. Google.

Bruce Nussbaum

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

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Posted by: Melinda Whitley at March 11, 2007 09:25 PM


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