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Friday, October 21, 2005

A big bet that is! 

Of late, Google had been in a variety of law suits and it is wriggling its way out by variety of means- compromise[Repetition of the earlier link], defiance, compliance and back tracking. But, what they eventually are doing in this case of Google Print, is not being unnoticed.

And that is the case of surprise/worry/astonishment for many across the world. Though there are many voices for and against the venture, it seems that there is more at stake than mere publisher's gaurding their rights.[Atleast thats what John claims]..Just have a look at the AAUP's Peter Gilver's open letter to Google's MacGillivray about the AAUP's concerns and issues that face the project!..To me, the AAUP seems to be overly concerned about the unprecedentedness of the venture...that is what is repeated great many times in the letter!

There is also a parallel issue being brought to light by this post! The post rightly points out that, Google is increasing it's stake in the issue by comparing the web search with Library's book search. There is a valid question- What if Google looses this case, on which it has staked it's entire business essence? A terrifying proposition indeed!...Will have to wait and watch!

It seems that, both Yahoo! and Google have posted encouraging results this quarter! [It seems almost all IT companies are reporting better results!:O]

BTW, the latest kid on the block had just been launched! I tried it and I reserve the detailed comment on it for future!


Blogger G3 said...

if Google do everything they say they will ... looks really dangerous to me. and BTW,

"Though there are many voice for and against ... "

You have a link for 'for' ... what about 'against' :P

10/21/2005 4:55 AM  
Blogger Krish said...

@Gayathri: I thought, almost all other links are against Google, so why add one more!:P
BTW, I dont see anything dangerous in what Google is trying to do..also, they give you the right to opt out..personally though, I would have preferred an Opt in system..but that would be possible only with alive authors..but the sort of books that Google is primarily intending, it is better to be an opt out system!Let us see where this would lead to!

10/21/2005 5:22 AM  
Blogger satosphere said...

Google seems to be treading a very fine line over here. I really have to see where this all goes.

The AAUP case was quite an interesting read, giving a solid argument against google print.

10/21/2005 7:20 PM  
Blogger Krish said...

@Sat: That is quite true Sat!!..Hope the judge/jury doesnt think its solid;-)

10/22/2005 1:46 AM  

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