Google abandons newspaper scanning project

May 22, 2011

“We don’t plan to introduce any further features or functionality to the Google News Archives and we are no longer accepting new microfilm or digital files for processing,” it said in a statement. The initiative was launched in 2006 as part of Google stated mission to make all the world’s information easily available. It signed up major US newspapers including The Washington Post and The New York Times, and defunct UK publications such as The London Advertiser, plus hundreds more. The project sought to circumvent tricky copyright issues dating from the pre-internet age. By posting image files rather than text files online, it was thought newspapers would not have to negotiate rights to republish freelance content from the pre-internet era, according to The Boston Phoenix, another partner in the effort. “The [scanning] process may have turned out to be harder than Google anticipated,” the newspaper speculated.

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reposting other people’s stuff is an addiction…. ‘NARF’!


Murdoch: iPad Key to Paid News Online

August 5, 2010

Murdoch: iPad Key to Paid News Online, news post.

Information, according to the argument, wants to be free.
From Mr. Murdoch’s perspective, that notion is wrong, and people will pay for their online news. “The argument that information wants to be free is only said by those who want it for free,” he said.

Beats me, but at least it’s a rather strange argument. How can information want anything? People want something for information, and different people want different things.

yeah.. but Murdoch is right here. information may want to be free… but those that make the information aren’t bound to any laws about sharing it with the public