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Google vs. Microsoft again

It's a day for smackdowns, and Google's in about six rings at once. This morning, IT World discusses the Microsoft-Google wrangle, where Microsoft is being very careful in its Windows Live Book Search to pursue copyright permissions before digitizing, while Google is digitizing first and asking questions later. Dan Blacharski notes:

Google's Book Search probably doesn't violate the spirit of copyright law, but there is a grey area that still has to be defined, and there's room for argument. There's absolutely no question as to the legitimacy of Microsoft Live Book Search. Microsoft seeks permission first, then indexes. Google indexes first, then sorts it all out later. From the perspective of fairness to copyright holders, Microsoft leaves nothing open for debate.
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