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Google Print and the public domain [03 Nov 2005|03:41pm]
Why does Google Print's version of Moby Dick (and I'm sure other public domain titles as well) say COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL down the side of the pages?

Go to http://print.google.com . Search for Moby Dick. Search for "whale" within the book. Pick any page.

Update: Google's response is that because the results I found for Moby Dick are newer versions, they are copyrighted. It's possible I'm wrong about this. Google has a page about preserving public domain books. The books that they link to from there in their print collection do not say COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL down the side --- they say GOOGLE PRINT (this is also obnoxious, but anyway).

So it appears that they are attempting to label public domain books differently. The question now is whether there is something different about this 1995 edition of Moby Dick that makes it copyrightable. There is new material in the book, like an Introduction and such. Is that enough?

I don't think so. And I don't see anything different about the book; it's not a translation or a reformulation. There aren't even any claims to such on the cover.

The version I'm talking about is the first hit for Moby Dick. One thing to notice, Google Print URLs sure are ugly.
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Coffee and Cigarettes by Jim Jarmusch [03 Nov 2005|11:38pm]

Coffee and Cigarettes is a series of short sketches strung together around various tabletops, directed by Jim Jarmusch.

What fills the movie is what fills the tabletops; cups of coffee, cigarettes, ashtrays, and conversations whose words mostly fall flat on the table.

Each sketch is largely a series of variations on some intersketch themes; celebrity, family, coffee, cigarettes, dreams. Most include some awkward miscommunications. Often they play on some of the same near-verbatim repeated phrases.

It's the awkward miscommunications, the celebrities, and the dark dry humor tying them together that reminded me weirdly of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm.

The highlight is the scene with RZA, GZA, and Bill Murray, all playing themselves, in a cafe as they wait for Ghost to arrive. RZA dispenses holistic healing tips while Bill Murray chugs coffee straight from the pot and tries to hide his identity.

Though the RZA/GZA/Murray skit is laugh-out-loud funny, this is a slow, awkward film, with emphasis on silence and striking visual arrangements. Be careful that it suits your mood.

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