Tarry for the Nonce

November 3, 2005

Braking the Information Superhighway

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 3:39 pm

Google Print will make a quality education accessible to anyone with a computer:

Google launched the first phase of its controversial effort to digitize millions of books for online viewing — but said it would limit access to any copyrighted material for now . . .

In the initial version of Google Print, which is integrated into the Google search engine, users can search the full text books Google has scanned and view a “card catalog-like entry with brief excerpts of their search term in context.”

It is also raising a bit of an uproar, at least with Pat Schroeder and Bob Barr, who are quoted as saying:

[W]e find ourselves joining together to fight a $90 billion company bent on unilaterally changing copyright law to their benefit and in turn denying publishers and authors the rights granted to them by the U.S. Constitution . . .

Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt has argued the “fair use” provision in copyright law allows Google to scan copyrighted books and put them on their Web site without seeking permission . . .

And so, five publishing companies on behalf of the entire publishing industry and the Author’s Guild have filed two major lawsuits against Google seeking to stop this plan and deter such conduct in the future.

Will they succeed in stopping one of the largest, most lucrative businesses in the world? Not likely.


1 Comment

  1. How would you grant wide access to books and other knowledge? How would you do so and protect the right of those who create to receive compensation for their creation? If they don’t receive any compensation, then where will the new works come from?

    Comment by Matt — November 9, 2005 @ 4:10 pm

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