|« NOLA||Our SoS responds, technologically, to criticism... »|
What the Google Print debate exposes... Or: a sub-standard NPR Ethicist segment...copyright, wtf?, policy, education
It's a testament to how strained copyright is to listen to this very crappy NPR Ethicist segment from Sunday's All Things Considered, "Google's Book Search Tool". It's painful to listen to as the discussion involves two commentators who don't know anything about copyright law and one representative from a university press who misrepresents copyright law ("You've always had to ask permission in traditional copyright law"... hello, fair use, anyone?!?!). The words "for profit", "in the wrong", "stealing" and such are all used in very imprecise (legally speaking) ways.
I found Larry Lessig's debriefing post after last week's NY Public Library debate to be quite a bit more precise, illuminating and stirring: "the 'discussion': the morning after". Also, for another good debriefing, see Alex Halavais' "Battle over books".