Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Death to the Great Library

Although a somewhat dated post, it saddens me to learn that our country's draconian copyright laws (and protectionist publishers) will prevent Google, via Google Print, from effectuating the largest advancement in library science since the Great Library of Alexandria.

Step back away from the nonsense of our current copyright system and imagine the societal good that would result from having the information of the worlds printed material, searchable (although crude compared to Westlaw/Lexis). Research would be quicker for all. Any individual, especially those in communities without vast, accessible libraries, would have the world at their fingertips.

Since the benefits to such a system outweigh whatever narrow benefits the corporate publishers would gain, resulting from the more efficient allocation of information.

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