Friday, September 21, 2007

Siva Vaidhyanathan on Google (podcasts)

First Monday has three podcasts where Siva Vaidhyanathan talks about Google and Google Book Search -- problems, concerns, etc. -- in ways that everyone can understand.
  1. Siva's lecture “The Googlization of Everything: Digitization and the Future of Books.” MP3 (1:14)
  2. Siva discusses how the Google Book Project threatens copyright. MP3 | Transcript (12 minutes)
  3. Siva describes his experience on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” talks about what makes Google a success and more. MP3 (15 min.)
If you have only 15 minutes, listen to the second podcast. You will quickly understand the problems he sees with Google Book Search. What really stood out to me was the impact this project could have on the concept of Fair Use in the United States. Could this project result in a stricter interpretation of Fair Use? Could Fair Use be based on the use not on the copy?

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Updated 9/22/2007.

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