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in Filmmaking
on Dec 5, 2008

This doesn’t have to do with film per se, but this podcast dealing with book copyright in the digital realm is an interesting listen, especially when one wonders if, for example, the AMPTP and Google could work out the kind of agreement that book publishers have worked out with the internet search giant. It’s from KCRW’s “Politics of Culture.”

Host Jonathan Kirsch, an attorney specializing in intellectual property and publishing law, moderates a panel discussion on a landmark literary-legal settlement. It allows Google to scan and make available online many out-of-print but still-copyrighted books. The settlement portends a viable digital future for authors, publishers and libraries. Is there any downside?

Alexander McGillivray: Associate General Counsel for Products and Intellectual Property, Google
James Gleick: Vice President, Authors’ Guild
Allan Robert Adler: Vice President for Legal and Government Affairs, Association of American Publishers
Fred von Lohmann: Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

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