In an interesting case of mega corporations getting into a street fight, the New York Times reports that Microsoft is attacking Google for being "weak on copyright." I quote:
“Companies that create no content of their own, and make money solely on the backs of other people’s content, are raking in billions through advertising revenue and I.P.O.s,” said [associate general counsel of Microsoft, Thomas Rubin], who oversees copyright and trade-secret law.
“Google takes the position that everything may be freely copied unless the copyright owner notifies Google and tells it to stop,” Mr.Rubin said. Microsoft, he said, asks the copyright’s owner for permission first..
That's right, Microsoft is clearly the good corporation and those nasty people at Google simply have no respect for copyright. Pardon me while I laugh. Microsoft may actually go to the other extreme to protect copyright. According to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols Vista DRM has created a multimedia mess. As he puts it:
'Microsoft has gone to bed with DRM (digital rights management) and the resulting child is a monster.'
Then there is the point about making money off the advertising revenue. Last time I looked the Big 3--Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!--were all fighting furiously to get a piece of that pie. The transparent attack by Microsoft only comes after Google has been so wildly successful at generating this type of ad revenue.
Maybe instead of attacking one another through speeches, Steve Ballmer and Eric Schmidt should go man to man in a live broadcast of the Battle of the Internet Revenue CEOs. Whoever wins gets to keep all the content-related ad revenue for the next year. Might be more fun than watching them spit at each other in the press from a safe distance.