|Last Laugh! Google and Reality Reset|
Wed, 2 Nov 2005 21:38:24 -0600
Back in the early 1980's, a frequent contributor to TELECOM Digest was|
Lauren Weinstein; in fact his satirical piece dealing with the demise
of the Bell System is part of our archives and is brought out here to
the Digest every year or so, typically around January when the
anniversary of the Bell System divestiure is recalled. We do not hear
much from Lauren these days, but he has stayed quite busy as a look at
his web site http://www.vortex.com/lauren reveals. He does a lot of
audio work on the net these days, with his 'Day Think' and 'Fact
Squad' features. A regular column he does is what caught my eye today,
however, which is called 'Reality Reset' and his latest column, from
October 23 http://www.vortex.com/reality/ is printed here, with his
permission. You may with to get on his mailing list (see details on
his various web pages) for his commentaries, both audio and written.
"Hey Lauren, it's Sal, how go things?"
"Oh, hi Sal. Nice of you to call. I probably shouldn't ask what you've
"Now, Lauren, what kind of attitude is that to take? And me calling to
"That's what I was afraid of," I said.
"This one's a sure thing. I've figured out a way to get all of the
"Yeah? How so?"
"I got the idea from Google's book project -- you know -- that Google
"Haven't there already been a couple of lawsuits filed against Google
"Never mind those. Listen -- I can use Google's logic to get free
"Well I don't know. Isn't Google offering some sort of opt-out to the
"Oh yeah, sure, as long as the publishers specify each individual
"How are you going to offer an excerpt index for music and movies?"
"Well, remember that this is really just an excuse to get the stuff
"I know the song, Sal."
"And for the movie lookups I can give them little video clips from
"That's John Lennon, not Lemon."
"Lennon? Are you sure?"
"Yeah, pretty sure."
"Hmm, I'll have to make a note of that, thanks."
"Look, Sal, don't you think that the record companies, movie studies,
"Google thinks that doing it with books is fair use! And like Wernher
"That's from an old Tom Lehrer song, Sal."
"Really? I'll have to add his albums to my copy list ..."
"Sal, shouldn't you wait on this at least until you see how the
"Naw. No way -- Google can't lose."
"How can you be so sure?"
"Are you kidding, Lauren? With that mass of data Google's got salted
"Well, I must admit that you've got quite a concept there, Sal. It
"Yeah, I figure the idea is worth a mint. I wonder if I can patent it
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