Documentary addresses controversy of Google Books

A documentary about the Google book digitization project was shown at the Sundance film festival, according to the Huffington Post. The video, filmed by Frank-Peter Lehmann, talks about the web giant’s ambitious plan to create a virtual library with all the books in the world.

Between interviews and testimonies, the documentary presents several points of view, among them, debates about the copyright of the works. A 2011 action, which took place in the New York court where the responsible judge considered the project “unfair, inappropriate and rational” discussed in the video.

“The film is extremely fascinating and engaging. It is probably the best documentary you will see in the whole year,” said the newspaper.

The official website describes the documentary as a “film of dreams, dilemmas and that shows the dangers of the internet, filmed in spectacular locations around China, the United States, Europe and Latin America.”

The ‘Google and the World Brain’ (Google and the brain of the world, in Portuguese) still has no release date in Brazil, but you can check the trailer below.

About the project

In March 2007, Google had digitized a million books, according to The New York Times. On October 28, 2008, the company said it had seven million books searchable through Google Books, including those scanned by its 20 1,000 social publishers. Of the 7 million books, 1 million are “full view”, based on agreements with publishers. One corn is in the public domain. Most of the scanned works have not yet been printed or are commercially available. On October 9, 2009, Google announced that the number of scanned books exceeds ten million.

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