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  1. § Nancy said on :
    I find it so odd that both NPR and the NY Times have the same person as their "ethicist" -- is there only one ethicist in this country? I have nothing against Randy Cohen (who ALSO spoke on campus over the weekend) but surely we could have more viewpoints represented.
  2. § Siva Vaidhyanathan said on :
    This was a discussion of ethics, not law. Regardless, Tony and Randy were not wrong on the law. FU is not a trump, certainly not when we are talking about copying the entire work (even if Google offers a snippet later) and doing so for profit.

    This is not a simple question. FU is complicated.

    Google is behaving very unethically here for a variety of reasons, not limited to privacy, privatization, DRM, software patents, and closed algorithms.

  3. § joe® Email said on :
    Thanks for your input, Professor... I still think that a variety of things they said were imprecise and I certainly haven't been as involved in this debate as you have. After relistening to the segment, I definitely take your point about how it was a discussion on ethics, not law. As someone in a former library school, I am still a great deal more persuaded by the argument that creating a good index requires a persistent copy of the functional whole of the work.
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