Professors Debate Google Book Search
“Google’s quest to “organize the world’s information” is supposed to make life easier. But the issues surrounding the company’s book search program have complicated many academics’ views of copyright, because they involve many nuances surrounding security, infrastructure and compensation.
“At a debate Feb. 24 hosted by the American Enterprise Institute-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, Hal R. Varian, founding dean of the School of Information Management Systems at the University of California at Berkeley, said that the Google project is fulfilling an important service by helping people find texts, oftentimes those that have been out of print for decades.
“Doug G. Lichtman, a law professor at the University of Chicago said that Google unfairly puts a burden on copyright holders by forcing them to have to contact the company to ‘opt out’ if they do not want their books included in the search database. He also asked why the onus should fall on authors or publishers to “opt out” to make sure that Google’s search system isn’t allowing third parties to unlawfully use their works.”
Rob Capriccioso. Google’s Not-So-Simple Side. Inside Higher Ed. Feb. 27, 2006.
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