Google is not small ball

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Nicholas

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Oct 1, 2006, 11:59:34 AM10/1/06
to DRM, Copyright and Google
In his article,'Copyright Jungle' [1], Siva Vaidhyanathan discusses
'fair use' and need to understand the increasingly troubled copyright
system:

"Fair use is designed for small ball. It's supposed to create some
breathing room for individual critics or creators to do what they do.
Under current law it's not appropriate for large-scale endeavors -
like the Google library project. Fair use may be too rickety a
structure to support both free speech and the vast dreams of Google."

Copyright is a 'lawyer-built system' for the analogue world of paper
books. Would it not be in Google's interests to build a more stable
system for the digital world? [2]

[1] Columbia Journalism Review, 2006,
http://www.cjr.org/issues/2006/5/Vaidhyanathan.asp
[2]
http://www.omidyar.net/group/intellectual-contributions/ws/trading_rights_to_digital_content/

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