Note the last sentence of the article: "Google has developed its own
digital-rights-management software to protect downloaded videos from
piracy." ---- one can only imagine what that might be.......rf

Google to Offer Video Downloads, Software That Rivals Microsoft's
By KEVIN J. DELANEY and NICK WINGFIELD
Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
January 5, 2006; Page A9
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Google Inc. plans to announce Friday that it will begin allowing consumers
to buy videos from major content partners through the Google site and will
also roll out a new downloadable bundle of software for consumers that could
heighten Google's competition with Microsoft Corp., according to people
familiar with the matter.

Under the major upgrade to Google's video-search service, consumers will be
able to pay to download and view videos, such as television shows, on their
computers from Google content partners such as TV companies, people familiar
with the matter say. Google plans to announce partnerships with some major
players tomorrow, including CBS Corp. and the National Basketball
Association, these people say. By virtue of Google's huge presence online,
the move could place Google in competition with other emerging powers in
Internet distribution of video such as Apple Computer Inc.

Google co-founder Larry Page plans to make the announcements at the Consumer
Electronics Show in Las Vegas, say the people familiar with the matter.
Google in a statement said, "We have a number of exciting announcements that
we look forward to sharing in detail on Friday afternoon, during Larry's
keynote address at CES." A CBS spokesman declined to comment. An NBA
spokesman couldn't be reached for comment.

The Mountain View, Calif., search company also plans to announce Google
Pack, a bundle of software from Google and other companies that consumers
will be able to download and install on their computers, say people familiar
with the matter. That software will include the open-source Firefox Web
browser, a version of Norton AntiVirus software from Symantec Corp., Adobe
Systems Inc.'s Reader software, RealNetworks Inc.'s RealPlayer multimedia
software, Trillian instant-messaging software from Cerulean Studios and
Lavasoft AB's Ad-Aware antispyware software. Google Pack will also include
Google's own desktop search software, Google Earth satellite imaging and
maps software, Picasa photo-management software, Google Talk
instant-messaging program, its Toolbar add-on for Web browsers and screen
saver software.

The release of Google Pack comes as the company and Microsoft are battling
for users for their online services and see applications installed on users'
computers directing them to those online services as powerful weapons.
Internal Google documents released as part of a recently settled
employee-recruitment-related lawsuit between the two companies indicate that
Google executives have been concerned that Microsoft will increasingly try
to push consumers toward Microsoft's online services, such as Web search, at
the expense of Google. Microsoft could potentially use its coming Vista
operating-system software and new version of its Web browser to do so.

Google Pack, which could eventually come preinstalled when people buy some
new personal computers, is one way for Google to promote alternatives to
Microsoft. It doesn't, however, appear to include productivity applications,
such as word-processor software, that would compete more directly with
Microsoft's core software business. A Microsoft spokesman wasn't able to
comment.

Google Pack, which will involve a single installer program for all
applications, could also ease some of Google's own work providing technical
support to users. In some cases, the software in Google Pack could fix
problems -- such as viruses or spyware on computers -- that impede
consumers' usage of Google services.

Some details of Google's online video service remain unclear, such as how
much content owners might charge consumers to download their videos. Google
last year had said it planned to allow content owners to charge for videos,
but it hadn't activated that feature. Interest in delivering video over the
Internet has surged since October, when Apple began offering downloads of
popular TV shows through a partnership with Walt Disney Co. Google has
developed its own digital-rights-management software to protect downloaded
videos from piracy.

Write to Kevin J. Delaney at [EMAIL PROTECTED] and Nick Wingfield at
[EMAIL PROTECTED]



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