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June 2, 2009

Bing and 'fair use'


Long story short: Microsoft's new search engine features "... small, thumbnail-sized video clips that play automatically when a cursor hovers over them," wrote Joseph Menn and Richard Waters in a story in today's Financial Times.


They continued, "By showing the thumbnail videos on its site, Microsoft appeared to have raised a  question over fair use, particularly if it takes videos from other sites and strips out any advertising associated with them...."

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Why, that is like taking an article and posting it wholesale! I can't believe ANYONE would do that.


Posted by: clifyt | Jun 3, 2009 9:47:51 AM

I had this exact same thought recently, since Bing not only shows videos in their own window, but blogs posts and other articles from search results as well.

When you take content, strip out the advertising that pays for that content and the show the entirety of that content on your site, it's not far removed form just stealing it, so I'm interested to see how long they can go before changing their policies.

Posted by: Cory O'Brien | Jun 3, 2009 12:49:52 AM

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