Monday, August 15, 2005

Google Library Digitization Project Delayed by Copyright Issues

As reported by Edward Wyatt on August 13, 2005 in the New York Times article "Google Library Database Is Delayed", plans to digitize university library holdings of Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of Michigan, Oxford University and the New York Public Library have been put on hold because of copyright issues raised by publishing and library associations, who of course are not interested in authors rights of copyright, but rather fear the new digitally based competition. Go Google.

Some useful links on the issue are:

Google Blog

O'Reilly Radar

The Chronicle of Higher Education Daily News

Matt Pasciewicz at Educause

SearchEngineWatch - Google Agreement with U of Michigan

LibraryLaw Blog - Info regarding Stanford Library and Google

Harvard University Library

Bodleian Library - Oxford Google Digitisation Agreement

SearchEngineWatch - Summary of Extent of Planned Initial Digitization (2004)

Paul Weiss Alumni Directory 2005

I just received the Paul Weiss Alumni Directory 2005. It is always remarkable to read the great variety of things that former members of the firm are doing.

As one example, there is FirmSeek, a marketing and technology firm, founded by a "Paul|Weiss" alum, which caters inter alia to law firms, legal associations, government institutions, universities, non-profits and real estate and construction industries.

A particular sign of the times and a product of the internet age are the FirmSeek "solutions for law firms and professional services firms".

For example, automation of traditional marketing tasks is a strong point, providing some unique information management solutions.

Definitely worth a look.

RollOnFriday: Law in the City of London

RollOnFriday is a rather unusual legal website devoted to a discussion of "news, views and gossip on City law firms (including what they pay)" plus "the latest legal news and salary information and everything else the slightly bored solicitor requires."

Compare RollOnFriday to the American site.

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