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March 11, 2006

Discussion Thread for Public Policy Panel

Please comment here on presentations by Bruce James, Brian Kahin, and James Hilton.

Posted by kimballs at March 11, 2006 10:41 AM

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James Hilton and Brian Kahin are both as smart as can be in their talks, but I am finding myself a bit surprised that the public policy panel is all about the copyright and fair use debates. Lots and lots to say there and I know that policy and law are tightly linked, but I wonder if there are other policy dimensions? Bruce James suggested some other dimensions, at least in so far as who GPO cooperates with in the distribution of government information. Given the administration in which he serves, it hardly seems surprising that the partner of choice is the commercial sector. It would have been nice to hear him spin out some possibilities about partnering with non-profits and universities to achieve some of GPO's distribution goals.

Posted by: mbonn at March 11, 2006 11:29 AM

I think the key bit on policy, in the midst of all the interesting-ness, is the notion that Google's legal conflicts are the result of two conflicting policy assumptions -- market forces vs property rights. I'm very curious to see what triumphs, in the end.

Posted by: rogersjp@potsdam.edu at March 11, 2006 11:32 AM

Hear, hear, Maria!

Posted by: celia.white@gmail.com at March 11, 2006 11:45 AM

Links to the cases mentioned by Mike Keller during Q & A...

Blake v. Google (G wins)
http://copy.weblogs.us/cases/blake-a-field-vs-google-inc/

Perfect Ten v. Google (G loses)
http://www.boingboing.net/2006/02/22/judge_rules_against_.html

Posted by: efc at March 11, 2006 12:02 PM

On the topic of government documents disappearing from the Web:

http://www.aopa.org/whatsnew/newsitems/2006/060310adiz.html

Posted by: mcpherso at March 11, 2006 12:32 PM

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