Outlook India: HC directs Google, YouTube to remove objectionable video clips. “A full bench of the Bombay High Court today directed Google India and YouTube to immediately remove video clips posted on websites recently which allegedly show judiciary in bad light and bring disrepute to the Judges. Complaints which defame judiciary should be brought to the notice of the High Court Registry which in turn would inform Google and YouTube about these objectionable video clips, said the full bench headed by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur.”
British Library: British Library Launches OCR Competition for Rare Indian Books. “Calling all transcription enthusiasts! We’ve launched a competition to find an accurate and automated transcription solution for our rare Indian books and printed catalogue records, currently being digitised through the Two Centuries of Indian Print project.”
Economic Times: France keen to speed up Indo-French library digitisation project. “France is keen to speed up the Indo-French project aimed at digitising and archiving old documents and manuscripts stored in major libraries in the two countries. Although the project was officially initiated a few months ago, it has not been able to gain momentum due to logistics constraints, Damien Syed, French Consul General at Kolkata told ET. ‘Now our government is keen to speed it up,’ he said.”
Business Insider India: Google Tax could put a halt to India’s digitisation drive. “Although an official announcement by the government regarding an increase in the scope of equalisation levy is yet to be made, people in the know expect it to be rolled out in the coming months. This would mean a 6% tax levy on all online multinational companies that earn revenue from India. Equalisation levy, also being called as Google tax, could soon get a hold of companies like IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and Netflix , all of which provide online services in India.”
The government of India is developing a database of all the zoo animals in that country. “Disclosing this at an annual five-day conference of zoo directors of 25 states which started in Dehradun on Monday, DN Singh, member secretary, CZA said, ‘The comprehensive database will be a path-breaking initiative that will help in cross-breeding, treatment of diseases and conservation of animals at a global level.’ He added that the tagging of the animals would start in all the 166 zoos of the country from April 1 onwards. “
UGH. From The Economic Times: No legal obligation to weed out objectionable content: Google tells SC . “Internet search engine Google on Wednesday told the Supreme Court it was under ‘no legal obligation’ to scan and weed out videos containing objectionable sexual content on its own in the absence of any specific complaint amid allegations that videos of the alleged rape of a Malayalam actress recently were doing the rounds on the social media.” This is in India. I wonder if this would be the same in the US.
Outlook India: Digital archive of documents of Tamil agrarian history set up. “The documents recorded on paper, palm leaves and copper plates are a treasure as they provide a rare and unique opportunity to have a peep into various aspects of social history of village life in remote parts of the Tamil region at a time when a new power structure and social identities were being forged both with and against local traditional and feudal systems and British colonial legislations, it said.” This is for the region of Tamil Nadu, in India.