Tuesday, November 22, 2005
I'm A Little Rootkit / Google World Order
Sidney Verba: Lonely librarian seeking hot books? Or the new face of Google World Order?!
Don't you love it when corporations get all Big Brother on you? Maybe Sony-BMG and Google should just merge.
Now just to clear this up--because we all know intellectual property law is the ongoing legal equivalent of a tule-fog 20-car pile-up (in which the victims are always the artists), and also because I've had my own recent episode in, uh, code appropriation--the two situations aren't exactly the same.
Google wants to index every book in existence. I actually think the concept of public knowledge is a pretty good idea in principle. What some authors and publishers have a problem with is the idea that Google will retain a copy of all of the books. And their soaring stock price is a clue that they're not exactly a public-interest entity.
Sony wants to--or at least wanted to--index every buyer of Sony CDs in existence, which is just not that good an idea.
For a hometeam take on the Rootkit debacle, visit the good fighters at Downhill Battle.
For a good description of the Plan-Formerly-Known-As-Google-Print debacle, check this NY Times piece on poor old Harvard librarian Sidney Verba.
For an interesting, if not unflawed, alternative to Google World Order, check this piece which introduces you to Mr. Enthusiasm, Brewster Kahle.
Now, search Can't Stop Won't Stop. Go head! I won't sue you!
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