Readings and Writings

Just read Siva Vaidhyanathan’s new piece — “Copyright Jungle” — in the Columbia Journalism Review, and…

I loved it.

Admittedly, perhaps 90% of the article’s content was not really news to me, or likely to anyone who follows such issues with any regularity. But I think that’s kind of the point. As Siva points out, most people — and most worrying, most people who cover these issues in the press — aren’t as geeked about them as people like me are, and thus there end up being a lot of misunderstandings floating around out there. So the article’s kind of a primer for the folks who prime the rest of us (it is, after all, in a journalism journal).

Particularly of interest to me, though, was the tone on Google Book. Far less doom-and-gloom than usual. More realistic (imho). Has Siva softened his stance? Or is it just that this piece didn’t seem like the proper forum? Intriguing.

Also: while reading the article, I kept thinking, over and over, “Dang, I wish I’d written that…” I think maybe I need to put more thought and energy into publishing. Because obviously I have oodles of free time on my hands for such things. Ha.

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