PW Daily reports that the AAP has filed suit against Google, joining the Author’s Guild in defining the next step in copyright law. Notes PW:
As a way of accomplishing the legal use of copyrighted works in the Library
Project, AAP proposed to Google that they utilize the ISBN numbering system
to identify works under copyright and secure permission from publishers and
authors to scan these works. Google rejected the offer.
And given the past history of technology/copyright/antitrust lawsuits, judges are notoriously bad at understanding issues like this. Will Google have the right to put copyrighted materials in a database for the purpose of search only, without obtaining permission from the copyright holder, or will they have to go around and solicit individual permissions for this purpose? And will that prove prohibitively expensive in terms of time and resources?
Posted by Laura Dawson, 12:00 pm, Comments (0)
Yes, yes, I know. I KNOW. I’ve been out slaying dragons and I haven’t had two seconds to think. Thanks to the goddessly , whose gentle proddings interrupted the snicker-snack of my vorpal blade and reminded me that it’s been ELEVEN DAYS since my last post, an unforgivable lapse in blog-land.
And what has gone on in those last eleven days…My brother, a hardware engineer for Sun, hints at big things to come with the Google/Sun partnership – bypassing the need for Microsoft altogether, a longtime dream of Scott McNealy. Google’s expressed an interest in AOL – having an in with AOL’s subscribers would allow Google to…well, continue taking over the world. The boys at ZDnet have got it all figured out here, though personally I find that sort of figuring to resemble John Madden scribbling on a blackboard – thoroughly incomprehensible.
All this tectonic shifting of software/portal/search engines will inevitably result in an earthquake. The blogs are filled with salivating puppies wagging their tails in anticipation of THE BIG SHAKEOUT. Predictions abound. Yawn.
On the Google Print front: a great article posted on the BBC website. Cogently argued, this piece advocates changing copyright law to allow for scanning entire books for the purposes of search – that trying to have the Google Print debate in the current legal environment is trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. The landscape has shifted, and the law needs to account for that.
Posted by Laura Dawson, 11:05 am, Comments (0)
8 minutes ago, the AP released this juicy little tidbit:
Internet powerhouse Yahoo Inc. is setting out to build a vast online library of copyrighted books that pleases publishers — something rival Google Inc. hasn’t been able to achieve.
"That pleases publishers" – good luck. At any rate, the Open Content Alliance is the name of this project, which Yahoo is building in conjunction with a number of other partners. Says the Yahoo spokesman (interestingly named Mandelbrot):
Much of the material will consist of copyrighted material voluntarily submitted by publishers and authors.
Which means the archive will be rather small. But Pat Schroeder is happy, and we all know when Mama’s happy, everybody’s happy.
Posted by Laura Dawson, 11:28 am, Comments (0)