(May 2003 - March 2007.) Tama's thoughts on the blogosphere, podcasting, popular culture, digital media and citizen journalism posted from a laptop computer somewhere in Perth's isolated, miniature, urban jungle ...

Lessig on Google Book Search

Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Professor "Free Culture", Lawrence Lessig always gives a powerful and straight-forward arguement when addressing the import legal questions surrounding digital culture. Lessig has been a champion of Google?s Print/Book Search as fair use, and has put together a wonderful (if rather large) quicktime movie (mp4) build using a recent presentation that asked the question: Is Google Book Search Fair Use?

Due to its size you can only download the presentation via bittorrent, but I strongly encourage you so; this is a concise argument about why Google Book Search matters and why it should be supported, not just for Google's sake, but for the sake of users across the board in our digital culture. Read more at Lessig's blog.

Oh, and Lessig is also using this presentation as an experiment in ways of putting presentations together ... I think it works admirably!

[Cross-posted from my eLearning blog.]

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At 1/15/2006 01:05:00 pm, Blogger Toggle Switch said...

I just found your blog and read your dissertation summary. A lot has changed since I went to journalism school in the mid 80?s and frankly, communication channels and opportunities are obviously a lot more interesting now.

I fully support Google?s book search engine and hope that publishing houses see that their offerings will be much more accessible to everyone and that will help drive sales. I hate reading on-line for very long. I do, however, like to find what I?m looking for and then purchase the book to read it the old fashioned way.


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