[Corpora-List] Google Books, copyrights, and corpora

Dominic Widdows widdows at maya.com
Wed Jun 14 22:18:01 CEST 2006

> I agree. In the United States at least, "fair use" is effectively

> defined

> not by statutory language but by case law. Case law is an evolving

> thing,

> and is particularly effervescent in the case of clever new online uses

> of

> other people's intellectual property. Only your friendly neighborhood

> IP

> lawyer knows for sure what the deal is this month. If you're Google,

> you

> can probably[1] absorb the risk of winding up on the short end of the

> stick in appellate court. If you're Ma & Pa Kettle's Kentucky Fried

> Text

> Mining Company, Incorporated, the risk of litigation can send you back

> to

> your high school job at Burger King.




> -- Mark


> [1] Of course, that's what the tobacco industry thought, too.

Well, nobody ever made any money suing poor people. "Google / Amazon /
Yahoo are already doing something like this, so if anybody gets sued,
they won't come after the corpus linguists first, not if they want to
make any money."

I think I've seen a few variants on this this advice in this vague
topic area. But like I say, it's pretty vague and I'm not sure about
the particularities of any one case.

Best wishes,

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