POD TV – Program 15: Google Book Digitizing Debate

This week PODTV features a fascinating discussion on Google’s project of digitizing books and the ensuing objections to the Google Book Settlement.Hosted by the Computer History Museum, this discussion is entitled ‘Information Technology and the Future of Books’.
Daniel Clancy, Engineering Director of Google Books, gives us the argument from Google’s perspective and the implications he foresees for the business, publishing and academic communities.

John Hollar is CEO of the Computer History Museum and a former senior executive in the publishing industry. He draws upon his experience in books and online media to examine with Clancy what the Google Books agreement means for users’ ability to access content online and the future of publishing.
In October 2008, Google and a broad class of authors and publishers announced an agreement to settle the lawsuits brought against Google Books. The lawsuits alleged copyright violation for scanning pages of copyrighted works for purposes of indexing and providing snippets.
If approved by the Federal District Court, the agreement, it is argued by its supporters, will offer unprecedented opportunities for users to access the wealth of information found in books and opens the door to greater information for users as well as introducing greater competition and innovation in the digital print market.
Its largest corporate opponents are Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo, as well as many publishers and authors, who argue that the agreement will give Google an unfair edge in selling books, in particular, out-of-print books.
In October 2009, the Federal District Court will hold a hearing to consider objections and determine whether the settlement is to be approved or not.
Here is the subject debated in July at the Computer History Museum.

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