Hooray for Fair Use, but I’m more than a little nervous about Google being a step closer to controlling the world’s recorded knowledge.
Derrik, similar sentiments were expressed by someone on Facebook earlier today, to which I responded that I would ultimately rather have a fair use win, with the good/bad Google factor, than a loss or narrow ruling. Someone else responded further, pointing out that because this case was dismissed/decided on fair use, and not a settlement between AG and Google, there’s actually greater opportunity for others to make similar uses, because a settlement giving Google a deal with the AG would have automatically excluded anyone else attempting a similar project without securing a separate deal themselves, which likely would have been prohibitively expensive, if not downright impossible given AG’s hard-line stance. The end of the NYTimes piece I linked to addresses this, too. While it’s likely the Google will remain in the lead – it has such a large head start, and SO MUCH MONEY! – at least this ruling doesn’t prohibit others from creating similar archives.
Right. And, remember the Elephant. With libraries owning Hathi Trust, Google’s control over the books they scanned is not complete.
This post was published on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm by Molly Keener.
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