Microsoft attorney Thomas Rubin on Tuesday accused Google of taking a "cavalier approach to copyright" and of using its Book Search project to make money off other people's copyrighted creations. His comments have stirred up a debate over the importance of free-market competition versus what is ethical when accessing information.
"My take is that there's something more at stake here than just a spat between Google and Microsoft," Fred von Lohmann, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told the E-Commerce Times.
"The bigger question is whether or not you agree with Microsoft that only those who collaborate in advance with copyright holders should be able to innovate and build on the value of copyrighted works. This is ironic coming from a company that claims to be in the business of innovation," he noted.