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.
“A plan [discussed on this blogbefore] by the European Commission to digitise the contents of Europe's libraries has been branded a threat to copyright laws by the Federation of European Publishers.”
So they're being even-handed in their knee-jerk lashing out against progress and increased access to information. Well,that'sreassuring.
Google Print isn't planning to allow Internet users to read an in-copyright work from cover to cover online; they're going to offer options tobuyor (hopefully)borrowa copy, raising awareness of currently under-read works.
No organisation has a right to exist. No organisation has a right to their ancient business model. The world moves on. Move on too, or get out of the way.
There is scope for making money from the publication of other people's creative endeavours. There is undoubtedly a requirement to protect the rights of those creative individuals over a reasonable period of time. But locking 'published' content away and making itharderto access at the same time as so much else becomeseasierseems a sure way to have the world decide that you're increasingly irrelevant.