You may have heard that Google is doing deals with university libraries, in general the terms of the deals are secret, but some of the terms are starting to come out.
For example, at least some of the universities didn’t get the right to re-license scans of books that Google hands back to them.
It appears none of the libraries thought the whole thing through to the point where they realized that after it’s all done, there will be one great university library, Google’s, and it will be a commercial entity. It’s one thing to sell a food concession to McDonald’s, but the library? How much more central to the being of a university can you get?
Had they worked together first, it’s likely they could have negotiated terms that allowed them to remain in business after Google is finished sucking up all their content.
Peter Brantley, who negotiated for the University of California, wrote two blog posts about his dealings with Google. One lyrical and sad, and the other apologetic. Both are revealing and worth reading.
Remember, in all this, Google is a rich company whose first responsibility is to its shareholders. Today they’re riding high, but in a few quarters, they may have trouble making their numbers. It may have seemed Microsoft would always be on top, and no one could get fired for buying IBM. Who knows what Google will do with the trust when they need the money.
And while some of the schools are private, and responsible only to their trustees, others are public, and repsonsible to the people. What right did they have to trade away the people’s property, and what did they get in return? No one knows, yet.
The new version of the RSS-based updating code (some call this appcasting or codecasting) is available for testing.
I posted instructions for “brave souls” on the mail list.
If all goes well, these changes should be integrated in the downloadable version of the editor, along with fixes for Vista and IE7, in a couple of weeks.
Naked Jen says what’s obvious — the President is obstructing justice.
Congress is a co-equal branch of government.
It does not serve at the pleasure of the President.
The Guardian — yet another UK newspaper with reality-challenged headline writers!
Political mashup art, across two centuries.
A vision of the future of Twitter, with twits from JetBlue, Starbucks, your favorite baseball team.
Nick Carr: Two views of Web 2.0 in business.
Brandon Paddock flamed by Walt Mossberg?
TV links is a watch-in-browser public DVR.
Scripting News is not my first blog, it’s not even my second.
The first was the News page of the 24 Hours of Democracy project, started on 2/15/96. It ended shortly after the project was over, on 2/27/96.
So — April 1 is the 10th anniverary of this weblog.