Google Books was just the start.
According to Silicon Valley mouthpiece Torrentfreak, guess who is going to be defending the Internet Archive and the eponymous Mr. Kahle in their massive copyright infringement suit from publishers? The EFF has revealed it is teaming up with law firm Durie Tangri to defend the Internet Archive against a lawsuit targeting its Open Library. […]
The British Library apparently hasn’t gotten the message–the UK Parliament voted down an orphan works clause in the Digital Economy Act (Clause 43, to be precise) that was even worse than the horror that Google and Public Knowledge tried to foist off on unsuspecting photographers, illustrators, artists and songwriters in the US a couple years […]
So remember that hot start up, Goggle? This is the one that developed eyeware that could block all advertising? Enter Google Goggles. Yep. “Here’s how it works: Point your [Droid] phone at a word or phrase. Use the region of interest button to draw a box around specific words Press the shutter button If Goggles […]
An excellent piece on the latest Google Books debacle in France: “Google argued that based on Article 5.2 of the Berne Convention, the American legal principle of ‘fair use’ should apply. The French court did not accept the argument, holding that the law applicable to complex crimes committed on the internet was that of the […]
In the latest round of Google’s “make me” litigation strategy, the biggest bully in the schoolyard is confronted by yet another group of angry authors opposed to Google’s wholesale landgrab of the works of civilization. The objection to the Google Books Settlement filed on 1/28 by Canadian authors (although not yet in the docket as […]
Another filing deadline in the Google Books debacle and the limp effort to salvage a deal out of some of the worst advice on record stumbles again. By way of background, the American Library Association lobby group issued a paper based in part on the work of other lobbyists. Of particular interest is a handy […]
A very interesting idea in a must read post from Zdnet’s Tom Foremski (“Google’s internal spy system was Chinese hacker target”) suggests a much more plausible reason why Google is up in arms about Chinese hackers stealing data–it was data from Google‘s own spy system. Google is trying to hide behind a human rights spin–according […]
I ran into an old friend of mine who was an old radio promotion executive and got to talking about how the business had changed. His old job essentially was to introduce fans to new music and somehow get them to buy. Mostly his job was staying one step ahead of the FCC on payola […]
Readers of MTP will understand why this headline caught my eye today: “Google Trying Not To Cross the Creepy Line“ Well…it’s a little late for that. Really, truly, cataclysmically bad advice will hang that “creepy” sign around you and it’s very hard to get it off.