Google Book Search controversies

This video from the USA says about itself:

Samuel Wheeler talks about using Google Book Search to discover and refine his research of a famous U.S. President’s little known pastime: the poetry of Abraham Lincoln.

By K. Reed:

The Google Book Search copyright settlement and the future of information—Part 1

12 August 2009

The following is the first of a two-part article on the Google Book Search settlement. The concluding part will be posted August 13.

In George Orwell’s 1984, protagonist Winston Smith secretly obtains a copy of what is known as “the book” in his quest to learn the truth about the dystopian world in which he lives. His inquiry is cut short, however, when he is arrested by the Thought Police for reading the forbidden text.

Paradoxically, if you locate 1984 with Google Book Search and try to read the novel online, you will likely experience an Orwellian moment. After viewing just a few pages, the following warning appears: “You have either reached a page that is unavailable for viewing or reached your viewing limit for this book.” While nothing found on Google Book Search is banned (not yet, as far as we know), obviously someone, or more accurately something, is watching you! …

Google Book Search is a system that marries the scanned images of printed book pages with the conversion of their content into searchable text. When a book in Google’s database is found in a Web search (using Google, of course), the Book Search item will appear as one of the results in the list. Google promises that its Book Search entry will not appear above the fourth item. In the 1984 example above, a search for “George Orwell 1984” yields the Book Search link as the fifth item. …

Google’s Book Search is not the only online library of printed books. It is distinct from government or non-profit online library projects like American Memory, Project Gutenberg or Internet Archive in that it is privately owned and funded by the most powerful of Internet companies.

3 thoughts on “Google Book Search controversies

  1. Pirates to fight in local elections

    Sweden: The pro-file-sharing Pirate Party has said that it will stand in local elections next year, as well as the national elections.

    Party leader Rick Falkvinge said that he wanted to introduce free, open-source software in schools and local authorities and work to protect citizens’ integrity against surveillance.

    The party advocates shortening the duration of copyright protection and allowing non-commercial file-sharing.


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