Professor Nunberg provides some excellent slides illustrating his complaints about the abysmal quality of Google Book search and its metadata. Recall that Jean-Noël Jeanneney, former president of the Bibliothèque Nationale of France, warned of the same kind of problems and gave similar examples of botched scans of French cultural works in his 2007 work “Google […]
The Copyright Alliance has launched a letter writing campaign that I would encourage you to sign up for if you believe this excerpt: “[W]e [artists] are under assault. Our rights to control the distribution, use, and reproduction of our works in our vibrant digital age are dismissed by many who do not understand the value […]
Google’s Book Search: A Disaster for Scholars. Now that title caught my eye, not the least because it appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The article is extraordinarily honest and well written, with solid research and supporting evidence. We’ve become accustomed to librarians and academics uncritically fawning over the disaster that is Google Books […]
Good story on the Veoh case at CNET (and since it quotes MTP it’s a great story!)
Billboard has the story: “‘We the undersigned wish to express our support for Lily Allen in her campaign to alert music lovers to the threat that illegal downloading presents to our industry and to condemn the vitriol that has been directed at her in recent days,’ said the statement, which went on to call for […]
http://thepublicindex.org/docs/case_order/20090924.pdf “The current settlement agreement raises significant issues as demonstrated not only by the number of objections, but also by the fact that the objectors include countries, states, non-profit organizations, and prominent authors and law professors.” Now why was this result so difficult to anticipate? Or maybe it wasn’t–Google is still scanning.
Somebody asked me if I knew The Bald Guy from the music business. Apparently there is someone out there sending out newsletters acting like he is/was/might have been in the music business and said some very nasty and misogynistic things about Lily Allen’s recently public statements against file “sharing” or what we call “bartering” around […]