On the 16th of October 2015, the United States Court of Appels for the Second Circuit made clear that Google Books is legal. The Court ruled for Google against the Authors Guild, a professional group ofRead more
published writers which had alleged that Google Library Project and Google Books project infringed their copyrights. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the appeals Court considered four factors of the US copyright law.
I am using the blog this time to explain my anxiety that society risks losing too much as the materialism of ‘value’ replaces the experience of centuries of unquantifiable practice and purpose. It is my concern that too many libraries are under threat from the bean counters. Libraries have always existed as places for the ‘just in case’ event, providing the go-to location when you want sustenance of the mind in some way – knowledge, leisure, curiosity, information, entertainment. However the world is in thrall to the ‘just in time’ mentality of financial wunderkinds who do not value those ‘old fashioned’ concepts, looking instead at the pragmatic usability of everything, seeing a book that lives on a shelf and is only taken off once a year, or once a decade, as an unnecessary encumbrance, not earning its space in a world where everything has to be costed, to be accountable for its existence.Read more