US Court Slaps Google’s Reaching Hand
Wherever there is information of any kind, in any shape or form there is Google and books are the ultimate kind of condensed information. To Google they are as irresistible as honey is to bees, though the search giant will now have to re-think its strategy following a US court ruling regarding the future of its book scanning activities.
The new turn of events is a temporary game-changer for Google’s plans on book scanning and the way it makes content available on the internet. It also becomes a potential focal ground for those who look to see how information can or cannot be safeguarded on the web without putting barriers to communication at every point.
Google’s legal counsel expressed regret at the US Court ruling in the matter and the company has, obviously, gone back to the drawing board, though what format exactly a new initiative will take is way too early to tell.
The action is watched closely by news organizations not least because they have been engaged in a running battle with Google over protection of their content. Whilst the ruling is unlikely to impact either way upon this specific matter, it now forms part of a much wider debate regarding the exact nature copyright protection will take in an age when 1s and 0s are a simple ‘Copy – Paste’ command away from being ported elsewhere.
Over the last few months newspapers from the UK’s Daily Telegraph to the Times and blogs including Technorati have seen breaking stories which first appeared on their pages appear elsewhere on the web without attribution. What makes matters worse is that the worst offenders are newspapers themselves who appear to be prepared to play loose and fast with the copyright protection of content when it apparently suits their purposes.Continued on the next page