Copyright experts scoffed at attempts by a top Microsoft lawyer to discredit Google's approach to copyrighted material. Most believed Associate GC Thomas Rubin's speech and his opinion piece in the Financial Times had more to do with Microsoft's competition with Google than solid legal arguments. Google maintains that its book search site allows users to search copyrighted books, but if a copyright owner has not consented, the user will see only a snippet. That's a key distinction for legal analysts.
Microsoft's Accusations Against Google Don't Impress Copyright Gurus
March 7, 2007