Brian Dear goes lustily after Lawrence Lessig for the latter’s support of Google’s Google Print program. Calling Lessig “Google-Boy” is unlikely to endear Dear to Larry L., but I have the distinct sense that Brian doesn’t care. Anyway, he makes some interesting arguments, which basically can be summarized as “Google needs to pay rightsholders, and it arm-wavingly isn’t”.
Whatever your feeling about the preceding argument — and I think Brian makes a sound point, but on balance I’d self-servingly rather see wider access to fringe content than wait 200 years before Google’s finds every kook author hiding under tinfoil in an electricity-less Montana cabin — Dear does catch Lessig with his copyright pants down. One of the images in Lessig’s presentation is copyright someone else, someone who didn’t give Lessig permission to use it in his widely distributed presentation. Ouch.