"Google and the World Brain" explores Google's project to create a global library in an effort to contain every book in existence and fulfill HG Wells prediction that all of knowledge would someday be accessible in a "World Brain." But, of course, Google didn't consider the fact that half of the books they scanned were in copyright. Not surprisingly, authors around the world launched a campaign to stop Google from their mission. The film chronicles the battle over the ambitious -- and naive(?) -- project.
The doc is showing as a part of the Applied Science
section of NYFF51. Directed by Ben Lewis, the doc screened at Sundance Film Festival to generally favorable reviews.
Check out the film's newest trailer here: