Google defeats authors in U.S. book-scanning lawsuit
I was against Google. But I’m not going to bother to link to all my posts.
This is bullshit:
He [Judge Chin] also said Google’s digitization was “transformative,” meaning it gave the books a new purpose or character, and could be expected to boost rather than reduce book sales.
If scanning a book is “transformative,” then my posting a short clip from a TV program or movie on YouTube for fair use in a post should be as well. Yet I’ve had two such clips DMCAed away and Google has threatened me with account deletion if I do it again (or am caught doing it again, harumph).
I have been a user of Google Books for longer than I can remember. Proportionally, they place more of a book online than any of my short clips do of any TV program or movie.
Yet they get a fucking free pass — for grabbing all the books.
While I’m under threat by Google for just two alleged violations.
I look forward to Google doing Video Search and grabbing all the TV and all the movies. Because that’s what they do. They need to build shit to slap ads on. It’s how they make their money.
Those CopyNazis of the MPAA don’t realize what just hit them.
Same-day update: Nope. Not true. Poor wording in Google’s spam emails to me. See end of post for clarification.
I got this email out of the blue today:
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What the hell?
I didn’t create any damned post on Google+.
Filed under Fraud, Google
An unplanned trip to Manhattan today. Stopped in some stores and pawed at or just looked at a few things. All photos have been resized any resampled to VGA; click any to enlarge.
That’s the new Acer eight-inch full Windows 8 tablet. I don’t think that’s going to sell big. At eight inches, a 4:3 screen would be better. And the screen itself is a bit hinky, with colors going all weird when not viewed head-on. The one shot of the screen I have I can’t run because my mug is prominently reflected in it.
Why Online Video Just Took One More Big Step to Legitimacy
People watch 5.3 hours of TV / day. They read less than 30 minutes. You can’t change media consumption patterns easily. The future of the Internet is video. Full stop.
Production costs have fallen more than 90%. Distribution costs have, too. This is classic “Innovator’s Dilemma” market conditions.
My estimate is that the top 5 YouTube networks will do > $200 million net revenue in 2013 (after Google’s share)
These same top networks – Maker, Machinima, Zefr, FullScreen, BigFrame – and the like have create nearly 1,000 new tech / media jobs in LA in the past 3 years alone.
Google does not have the semi-benevolent reputation of Amazon, however, so there will be trouble ahead.
While each of these channels celebrate the building of their brand and audience, they’re also building the brand and audience of YouTube. And what happens when the day comes — and it inevitably will — when Google and them can’t come to happy contractual terms? Where do the channels go after YouTube? Where’s the B-channel? Vimeo? Dailymotion? Once upon a time there was Veoh, but that’s just about dead.
People like to talk about how technology makes “one winner” — but these single winners create a lot of eventual losers downstream.
I hope Marissa Mayer at Yahoo is paying attention. If she is, she’ll grab Hulu while she still can.
You can’t make up this shit.
Which is a waste of marketing dollars. What are they really selling here? eBooks or a tablet? Why no mention of the Google Play Store? Why no link to just the damn eBooks?
To get products into more hands, Google will open its own stores by the end of the year
An extremely reliable source has confirmed to us that Google is in the process of building stand-alone retail stores in the U.S. and hopes to have the first flagship Google Stores open for the holidays in major metropolitan areas.
The mission of the stores is to get new Google Nexus, Chrome, and especially upcoming products into the hands of prospective customers. Google feels right now that many potential customers need to get hands-on experience with its products before they are willing to purchase. Google competitors Apple and Microsoft both have retail outlets where customers can try before they buy. Google’s retail move won’t be an entirely new area, however.
This just makes my head hurt.
It is Friday evening. I’m not supposed to have to think about something with as many repercussions as this at this hour.
This is how a page is supposed to appear in a Google Books PDF:
See that cover? This is what it would cost to get in print:
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Yet it — and five other issues in one ~48MB PDF — is available free at Google Books. Possibly $264 of print for free in a format better than print.