Hold on to your hats the MPA (Music Publishers Association) is due to send out cease and desist notices to lyrics sites with ads on them in March. Interestingly they have decided to not go after sites the do not include advertising. This opens the question, in my decidely non legal mind, is it proper for a company to selectivley enforce its intellectual property restrictions? Does the intentional lack of enforcement imply a forfeiture of rights?
Yahoo employees Jeremy Zawodny and Tom Coates have recently had some interesting conversations regarding structuring data on the web (see Zawodny here, Coates here). Here's a summary of their basic principles for presenting data on the web:
Cory Doctorow posted about why he loves Google book search:
The reality is that the biggest threat to book-writers and publishers is that their works are simply invisible to people who get all their information from the Internet. Google Book Search makes our books visible to those people. In so doing, Google will save our asses from oblivion.