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November 4, 2005
Just the Facts, M'am
Tim Lee wishes Ms. Schroeder would stick to the facts when she criticizes the Google Print library project:
I’m sorry if for beating a dead horse, but it seems every Google critic is making the same mistake:
The creators and owners of these copyrighted works will not be compensated, nor has Google defined what a “snippet” is: a paragraph? A page? A chapter? A whole book?
The answer is “less than a paragraph.” You can find that page by going to the Google Print home page, clicking “About Google Print,” and then clicking “view our Google Print Screenshots.” There are links to that page in several other places on Google Print’s web page as well.
Am I off base to think that this falls under the category of “basic fact-checking?”
I've linked to these posts before, but they're excellent resources for clearing up the confusion about what Google is doing, and well worth passing along for anyone who might otherwise be led astray by articles like Schroeder's:
Bonus: Peter Suber
's 9-point reply
to the Schroeder/Barr piece: "Why is it more important for you to disparage the arguments against you as intellectually dishonest than to restate them honestly and criticize them?"
Previous Copyfight coverage: Reining in Schroeder.
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