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[ga] Re: Google To Remove "Inappropriate" Books From Digital Library

  • To: A2k <a2k@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, ip-health <ip-health@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Jeffrey A. Williams" <jwkckid1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: [ga] Re: Google To Remove "Inappropriate" Books From Digital Library
  • From: Hugh Dierker <hdierker2204@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:49:19 -0700 (PDT)

No No No Jeff. Google is not the problem. As we saw here, it is not the censor 
who we must watch. It is; who has undue influence on the censor? That we must 
Any influence that is not open and transparent and accessible and secure is 

--- On Tue, 4/28/09, Jeffrey A. Williams <jwkckid1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Jeffrey A. Williams <jwkckid1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Google To Remove "Inappropriate" Books From Digital Library
To: "A2k" <a2k@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "ip-health" <ip-health@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "Vint Cerf" <vint@xxxxxxxxxx>, "Paul Lehto" <lehto.paul@xxxxxxxxx>, "FTC IP 
marketplace comments" <IPMarketPlace@xxxxxxx>, "Hugh Dierker" 
<hdierker2204@xxxxxxxxx>, "EFF Cindy Cohn" <cindy@xxxxxxx>
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 11:27 PM


  Sense when did Google become the "Censor of Choice or
mandate" as to what is and what is not "Inappropriate"?  How,
whom, and under what authority did Google acquire such a
"Special Power"?  It seems that the legal agreement ( Contract)
granted by the court, gave Google such powers.  So now
we have to look to Google to define to us all what is and what
is not "Inappropriate" which also sets a very broad reaching
precedent that can be changed by overreaching influence by
Google at any time they choose for us all.

See: http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=09/04/28/1613214

"In  http://www.fictioncircus.com/news.php?id=356&mode=one
an interview with Professor (and former Microsoft employee) James
Grimmelmann at the New York Law School, who is both setting up an
online clearinghouse to discuss the Google book settlement and drafting
an amicus brief to inform the court about the antitrust factors
surrounding "orphan books," he revealed that Google will be able to 
moderate the content of its book scans in the same way that they 
moderate their YouTube videos, leaving out works that Google deems 
"inappropriate" from the 7 million library books it has scanned.  
The Fiction Circus has called for a two-year long rights auction that 
will ensure that these "inappropriate" titles do not get left behind 
in the digital era, and that other people who are willing to host and 
display these books will be able to do so. There is only one week left 
for authors and publishers to "opt out" of the settlement class and 
retain their rights or raise objections, and 
http://www.fictioncircus.com/news.php?id=356&mode=one Brewster
Kahle's Internet Archive has been stopped from jumping on board
settlement as a party defendant and receiving the same legal protections
that Google will get. A group of authors, including Philip K. Dick's
has tried to delay the settlement for four more months until they get
their minds around the issue." In related news, Google is
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10228345-93.html seeking a 60-day
extension to the period in which it's attempting to contact authors to
inform them of their right to opt-out of the terms of the settlement.


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