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Old 10-26-2005, 02:38 PM   #1
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Microsoft announces MSN Book Search

In direct competition with Google for providing an online book search tool, MSN Search is teaming up with the Internet Archive to scan and digitize publicly available print materials, as well as to work with copyright owners to legally scan protected materials. Whereas Google has gone it alone, Microsoft is joining an industry coalition, the Yahoo-backed Open Content Alliance.

"With MSN Book Search, we are excited to be working with libraries worldwide to digitize and index information from the world’s printed materials, taking another step in our efforts to better answer people’s questions with trusted content from the best sources," said Christopher Payne, corporate vice president of MSN Search at Microsoft Corp. "We believe people will benefit from the ability to not just view a page, but to easily act on that data in contextually relevant ways, both online in the search experience and in the applications they are using."

By initially focusing on books in the public domain and by stressing the importance of respecting copyrights Microsoft clearly hopes to avoid similar legal issues that have recently plagued its rival Google.

The digitized content will primarily be print material that has not been copyrighted, and Microsoft will clearly respect all copyrights and work with each partner providing the information to work out mutually agreeable protections for copyrights.

Microsoft is doing something right here. While Google is still busy proving to the rest of the world that its intentions are good, Microsoft is forming new alliances to find better ways of balancing publisher and author rights with global accessibility.
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Old 10-26-2005, 03:55 PM   #2
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Microsoft is doing something right here. While Google is still busy proving to the rest of the world that its intentions are good, Microsoft is forming new alliances to find better ways of balancing publisher and author rights with global accessibility.
Yes, but only books in the public domain... I use Gutenberg for that. Who knows how long it'd take for Microsoft to solve copyright issues with book publishers.
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Follup-up: MSN Book Search and the British Library

Yesterday, we announced a partnership with the British Library to digitize and make available via MSN Book Search, 25 million pages (roughly 100,000 books) from the British Library’s collection over the next year. This partnership with the British Library represents another step in MSN Search’s goal to provide the most relevant answers to users’ queries. Through our British Library partnership, we will be able to bring trusted content to users, irrespective of the format of the content. We will predominantly focus on digitizing out of copyright material in this partnership.
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