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The most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet: Google's master plan to scan every book in the world and the people trying to stop them. Google say they are building a library for mankind, but they also have other intentions.


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Complete credited cast:
Brendan Price ...
Nicolas Chapman ...
Character Voices (voice)
Character Voices (voice)
Joshua Zamrycki ...
Character Voices (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shojiro Akashi ...
Himself - Author
Sergey Brin ...
Himself - Co-founder, Google
Reginald Carr ...
Himself - Former Director, Bodleian Library
Dan Clancy ...
Himself - Former Chief Engineer, Google Books (archive footage)
Mary Sue Coleman ...
Herself - President, Michigan University (archive footage)
Luis Collado ...
Himself - Head of Google Books, Spain and Portugal
Robert Darnton ...
Himself - Director, Harvard University Library
David C. Drummond ...
Himself - Senior Vice President, Google (archive footage)
James Gleick ...
Himself - Authors Guild
Charles A. Gonzales ...
Himself - Congressman (archive footage)
Lewis Hyde ...
Himself - Writer


The story of the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet, and the people who tried to stop it. In 1937 HG Wells predicted the creation of the "World Brain", a giant global library that contained all human knowledge which would lead to a new form of higher intelligence. Seventy year later the realization of that dream was underway, as Google scanned millions and millions of books for its Google Books website. But over half those books were still in copyright, and authors across the world launched a campaign to stop them, climaxing in a New York courtroom in 2011. A film about the dreams, dilemmas and dangers of the Internet, set in spectacular locations in China, USA, Europe and Latin America. Written by Polar Star Films

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The story of Google's most ambitious project ever and the people who tried to stop it.


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Euro's Response To Big G The Correct One
3 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Scanning the world's books is just the tip of a double-edged sword representing the increasing domination power of Google and other Silicon Valley players. Copyright is copyright ... it takes precious time for an author or any creative artist to imagine a work, create it, edit it and copyright it. According to the movie, Google digitally hoovered up these books, not asked proper copyright permission (according to the writers' reps/library spokespersons featured in the movie), and avoided meting out due compensation. If this is the case, why should Google pimp out the books for its own commercial purposes at some later future time without proper compensation back to the content holders. Once you give up a data scan to another, you cannot put that digital genie back in the bottle.

One could see how smaller, niche collections might swallow the pitch on how Google's mother-of-all-xerox can enable whole world access to their tomes (access good, stiffing the copyright owner(s) bad). So the European response in the movie (which was pro-writers/copyright owners but ultimately against Google's questionable copyright actions) seems to be the thoughtful and correct one; the Google opponents reacted to all the right issues -- compensation, copyright permission, what is fair use, and the blanket giving of power to one organization. Libraries can digitize their own collections and index/promote their abstracts to the internet. Each library can control its material, and writers have the right to get paid for use of their material.

This review is regarding this book-scanning project only, it is understood that many benefit from Google's other services. But the movie prompts taking sides. So much power cannot be given to one organization, especially now that we have seen it spread its tentacles outside of its core business search model, including building robot armies and controlling internet backbone. There will be no facet of life that Google does not have its hand in.

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