Google Print Kills Children?
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The debate over Google’s book scanning plan seems to get more ridiculous with each passing day. It seems like a lot of people on both sides of the argument haven’t bothered to spend any time looking at the actual details of what Google is doing. However, leading the pack for ridiculousness is the claim from the Great Ormon Street Hospital that Google’s Print project will undermine their efforts to save “seriously ill children.” The hospital owns the rights to Peter Pan, and uses the money from royalties to fund research. This isn’t the first time the hospital has gone nuts over the copyright, by the way. A few years ago they went after a woman who dared to write a derivative book based on the Peter Pan story. Just imagine what they would do if they were allowed to have a patent on the story? As for the Google Print situation, never mind the fact that you won’t be able to read Peter Pan via Google Print and never mind the fact that it’s designed to help more people find the book — the hospital seems to think it needs to get paid any time anyone mentions Peter Pan, and they’re not afraid to make you feel guilty for thinking otherwise. It’s a classic “just think of the children” gambit. Have they started suing libraries for having Peter Pan in their card catalogs? Of course, if Google Print is going to destroy all those children’s lives without actually letting anyone read the story, how come Project Gutenberg’s version of Peter Pan hasn’t driven the hospital out of business already? And, in the meantime, did anyone bother to let the hospital know that they can simply ask Google not to scan Peter Pan and all their “problems” would be solved?