EFF responds to Microsoft's attack on google

(found via BoingBoing:

And it’s lucky for Microsoft that prior innovators were willing to go out on a limb and fight for the freedom to innovate without asking permission first — otherwise Microsoft would have had to ask permission from all the world’s websites before it launched Internet Explorer (built on the backs of all the websites, without asking them permission, don’t you know).

Remember, if Google wins the Google Library Project lawsuits, the fair use principle it establishes will benefit everyone, including those who want to scan books to compete with Google. Microsoft’s “collaborate” principle, in contrast, will benefit only those companies who are big enough to get big copyright owners to answer their calls — a world where Microsoft will have an unfair advantage.

So kudos to Google for standing up for fair use. And shame on Microsoft for suggesting that only those who “collaborate” are entitled to innovate.

(from the EFF)

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