March 6, 2007 1:49 PM PST
Microsoft chastises Google on copyrights
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Jonathan Zuck, president of the Association for Competitive Technology in Washington, D.C., which counts Microsoft as a member, said he doesn't believe Rubin's comments presaged an anti-Google lobbying campaign or an attempt to build an anti-Google coalition.
Rather, Zuck said, it's part of Microsoft's strategy to take a pro-copyright position that's far stronger than the law actually requires. Microsoft's Zune media player, for instance, includes advanced wireless functions that allow customers to share music files. But when a file is exchanged, it expires in three days, even if the underlying file is not protected by copyright law or is otherwise in the public domain.
Similarly, Microsoft has voluntarily embedded advanced digital rights management, or DRM, technology throughout the new Windows Vista operating system. It's designed to provide additional protection for "premium content" such as Blu-ray and HD DVD sources, but has been savaged by cryptographers for being overly restrictive.
"Google has painted a target on itself by having a fairly cavalier attitude toward copyright," Zuck said. "It's not too hard to imagine a future in which Google has to come back to the content industry with its hat in its hands as these lawsuits start to flesh out."
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