Monday, October 17, 2005

Leggo My Ego - GooglePrint and the other culture war. By Tim Wu

Tim Wu does an excellent job of highlighting the issues that are at the root of the Google Library project controversy. His is not a legal argument, but an assessment of the cultural shift that is at the root of the debate.

Leggo My Ego - GooglePrint and the other culture war. By Tim Wu: "Google has become the new ground zero for the 'other' culture war. Not the one between Ralph Reed and Timothy Leary, but the war between Silicon Valley and Hollywood; California's cultural civil war. At stake are two different visions of what might best promote authorship in this country. One side trumpets the culture of authorial exposure, the other urges the culture of authorial control. The relevant questions, respectively, are: Do we think the law should help authors maximize their control over their work? Or are authors best served by exposure√ā¬ómaking it easier to find their work? "