Google and the books of the world

Commented previously on the copying of books by google – to make them available online (commercials not clear).  This continues to cause great concern across the globe – who should own/ censor all of this material?  Should a company have control of all this intellect and art?  Quinn Norton writes on the subject in last Friday’s Irish Times.

This is the sort of subject of real import which gets thrown up by the internet.   Good to see ongoing coverage in Technology section of the newspaper.  However this is far too important to be left to those interested in technology.  This requires debate amongst politicians, academics – assisted by technologists as may be relevant.  Easy for major developments of this type to go relatively uncovered in the times in which we live – given the economic difficulties dominating the agenda.

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