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G&M’s take on copyright scandals in 21st Facebooking century

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They say in the last two paragraphs:

It’s possible this episode signals that publishers big and small are being put on notice that content theft is unacceptable and will henceforth be vigilantly policed by the eye of the crowds. The plague of small northeastern food magazines copying articles from websites might finally come to an end.

It’s more likely that this serves as a reminder that crowds are attracted to drama above all else: drama over principle, drama over consistency, drama over proportion. To revolt against small outrages wherever it’s expedient, to laugh at the failings of silly villains where they’re available. If this is the future of crowd justice, we’re all in a pickle.

And I suggest that blogging “justice” in China proves that drama is really what all this copyright stuff is about. Whenever I mention any article I give attribution and I spread the word. That’s what really happens on the Web, but IP and copyright fundamentalists don’t get it. We also serve who “copy and propagate”!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/11 at 15:33

Books and libraries are something I care about

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So I speed read through this essay by Roger Darnton about the future of book in the age of Google Book Search, or GBS. And here is a meaningful excerpt from that essay:

On November 9, 2009, in the district court for the Southern District of New York, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers were scheduled to file a settlement to resolve their suit against Google for alleged breach of copyright in its program to digitize millions of books from research libraries and to make them available, for a fee, online. Not comparable to the fall of the Berlin Wall, you might say. True, but for several months, all eyes in the world of books—authors, publishers, librarians, and a great many readers—were trained on the court and its judge, Denny Chin, because this seemingly small-scale squabble over copyright looked likely to determine the digital future for all of us.


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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/11/28 at 05:30