When you participated in the NYPL forum on the Google Print Library Project last November Google vice president David Drummond said, "Information does not want to be free. That's very clear as to Google. But it does want to be found." I found this ominous since it tends to obscure the principle that we copyright the expression of the information rather than the information itself.
Not long ago I used Google Print to look for the origins of the word. This led me to a usage of the word in a transcript of a Senate subcommitte hearing from 1919. This has at least two obious reasons for being in the public domain, yet Google has only provided snippets. None of the links at "Buy this book" yielded a single copy of this best seller.
I can perfectly well understand Google's showing only snippets of books that are still copyright protected, but they do not explain why they should do this for material that is clearly in the public domain.
Do you see this as an attempt to make otherwise free information unfree, and how can supporters of open access best confront this situation. Eclecticology 07:23, 2 August 2006 (UTC)
Wouldn't it be better to link to the section on the more up to date archive: Archives#Lawrence Lessig - The Ethics of the Free Culture Movement instead of Proceedings:LL1/Video? 126.96.36.199