Saturday, August 13, 2005


Revolutions never go backwards, right?

Google Print, which I talked about in an earlier post on the keyword revolution, has temporarily suspended its scanning of copyrighted library books due to complaints from publisher trade groups and copyright holders. Google will resume scanning in November, but in the interim, publishers can tell Google which books they do not want scanned and included in the Google Print index, much like web publishers can tell Google's spiders not to crawl their sites. See the Google Blog, the LA Times, and the NY Times for details.

It certainly seems like this conflict is not going to be resolved with legislation or a decision in court. The LA Times suggests that legal opinion on who would win a trial on the matter is divided.

Collective Improvisation:

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