Clinton Official: Publishers “Have It All Backward”

“The fight led by former U.S. Rep. Pat Schroeder and the American Association of Publishers to stop Google from digitizing the library collections of several leading universities — and making the results searchable — is, unsurprisingly, about money.

“Google has a technological knack for making a fortune out of almost everything it does, and who can blame the publishers for wanting a cut of that? But this fight is also about a bigger issue that affects the rest of us as well — namely, the pace at which new ideas can change people’s lives.

“Setting aside the fact that owners normally accept some responsibility for safeguarding their own property, this argument seems to have it all backward. In the Google library project, what prevents potential copyright infringements is not a publisher’s decision to “opt out” or not, but whether Google provides more than a snippet without a publisher’s permission.”

Robert J. Shapiro. Google vs. The Publishers. Jan. 20, 2006.

See also:

John C. Dvorak. Much Ado Over Google Book Search. Jan. 18, 2006.

CopyCense™: K. Matthew Dames on the intersection of business, law and technology. A business venture of Seso Digital LLC.

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01/24/2006 at 08:49

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