Personal perspectives on information science, the evolving Internet, delivery of public services online, Web 2.0, the Web of Data, the Semantic Web, communities, folksonomies and more. With an emphasis upon convergence between some or all of the above, and a UK slant.
As you've probably worked out by now, I think that theGoogle Libraryproject is A Good Thing on the whole, and my non-legal view would be to suggest that those bringing the recent lawsuits don't have much basis for their suit. And if they do, the law is just plain wrong.
How, exactly, can someone with an interest in more than just maintaining thestatus quoconsider it a bad thing to have the hidden content of often obscure books found, and to have the finder directed to either borrow the book from a library or buy it from a book seller before they can see any more than the immediate area in which their search term occurs?
I've been following various discussions on both sides of this issue, but foundthe recent postby Intellectual Property lawyerDenise Howellcomprehensive, balanced, and informative.
Check it out, and be pleased that it makes sense without a law degree.
Oh, and if anyone has acompellingexplanation as to why these litigious dinosaurs might have a point, I reallywouldlove to hear it.