Archive for August, 2006

Karen Coyle Compares UC & UM Contracts with Google

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Karen Coyle offers a detailed comparison between the UC/Google and the Umich/Google book scanning contracts. As one of the experts on mass digitization in the library community, Karen is able to read between the lines of each contract and to deduce the real intentions behind some of the provisions. Someone at UC must have done [...]

Archive This: Feds Bust Al-Manar Dealer in NYC

Friday, August 25th, 2006

The New York Daily News reports on the arrest of a satellite dish dealer, Javed Iqbal, who offered customers the Al-Manar channel. The Daily News notes “The Treasury Department designated al Manar, a Lebanon-based satellite TV station controlled by Hezbollah, as a global terrorist entity in March, making it a federal crime to buy the [...]

In Perpetuity: UC’s Agreement with Google

Friday, August 25th, 2006

The UC agreement with Google is now public. Key provisions are in Section 4, which restricts the University’s use of the digital copies, and Section 8, which says those prohibitions are forever (“survive expiration or termination of this agreement.”) UC is essentially barred from entering into pooling agreements with other universities, and other provisions ensure [...]

Google “Showtimes” the UC Library System

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

The University of California’s secret agreement with Google for book digitization promises to improve access to parts of its library collections, but the contractual restrictions UC has accepted may enrich Google’s shareholders at public expense.   Digitizing the world’s books, films, video, sound recordings, maps, and other cultural artifacts could, to quote Internet Archive founder [...]

Dennis Haarsager on OMN vs. Google Video comparison

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Dennis Haarsager compares OMN and Google Video: Yesterday, PBS announced a download to own pilot involving Google Video and Open Media Network. This won’t be a full review (nor am I perhaps the best person to do that) but today I splurged and spent $1.99 x 2 to download the same 28-min. episode of NOW [...]

Online Video and the Future of Broadcasting