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From the Sundance Film Festival: “Google And The World Brain” – the failed book settlement and the world’s knowledge in the hands of a corporation

January 30th, 2013 |  Published in Digital and Mobile Technology, Google and the World, Intellectual Property, Media 2.0



30 January 2013 – Valerie Pelton … a Principal of EAM Capital and its General Counsel … gets to go to all the cool media events.  Well, she lived and worked in Hollywood for a number of years so why not?  She recently came back from the Sundance Film Festival and said her favorite movie (a documentary) was “Google And The World Brain”. It examines the failed book settlement and questions whether placing the world’s knowledge in the hands of a corporation. Google, can after all, change its mind about levels of access to its scanning project without much oversight.

Note:  last last year Google and the Association of American Publishers agreed to a settlement over making digital copies of books, but that settlement did not affect Google’s current litigation with the Authors Guild.

The problem is bigger than Google, with implications for all when major corporations gather intimate information about its customers. Implications aside, that’s what you get in a commerce driven world.  She managed to hook up with Casey Newton,a CNET writer and old chum, who wrote a review of the movie which you can review by clicking here.

The full film will be out shortly.  In the meantime here is a trailer (if the below link does not open click here):



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