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"Exaggerating" Copyright?

The Times is chock-full of book-industry stories today (were they saving them all up?) and of course in the business section there was the article about Yahoo, Microsoft and Google - in the guise of their trade association, CCIA - filing an FTC complaint against the NFL, Major League Baseball, NBC, Harcourt and Penguin, stating that these companies

display copyright warnings that are a ?systematic misrepresentation of consumers? rights to use legally acquired content.?

The complaint alleges that the warnings may intimidate consumers from making legal use of copyrighted material, like photocopying a page from a book to use in class.

?It is an attempt to convince Americans that they don?t have rights that they do in fact have,? said Ed Black, the association?s president and chief executive. ?This is part of the larger context of what should be and what are proper rules for copyright in an Internet age.?

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