Newman! World Digital Library Misses Legal Opportunity

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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3 Responses

  1. Bruce Boyden says:

    This isn’t much different than a regular library though, right? A regular library doesn’t typically clear rights for you, it just gives you access to the materials.

  2. Deven says:

    Come on, Bruce. This sort of project could do it. AND it is opening up materials in ways that are quite new. If they are taking the time to do all this work with the tags, why not tag with the rights info?

  3. Bubba says:

    Sounds pretty challenging to satisfy your idea of disclaimers & rights. Especially considering that to do this your way might place more hurdles in front of partners. Perhaps WDL needs blanket statements like the one their using because that’s what the partners requested; or perhaps they just want to make it easy for partners to get content on the site. Either way, though, this site will pose a hard to enforce premise for partners & ‘customers.’