So, there are various algorithms which will take text and compute an ‘audience-level’ or ‘reading-level’. (9th grade, specialized technical expert, whatever).
So let’s say I was a researcher granted access to the hypothetical research center with the GBS digitized corpus, that will hypothetically exist under the settlement.
Let’s say I wanted to compute the reading-level on every book in the corpus, and then actually publish these computations, open access (the Open Data Commons Public Domain Dedication and License would be useful), for the greater good of anyone that wanted to use it.
Would that be an allowable use? I think it seems ‘non-consumptive’ under the terms of the proposed settlement.
I think it probably would be allowed. Anyone else have an opinion?
This seems counter-intuitive, because doing so would harm the business interests of those who currently are in the market of selling such reading-level computations… but then I remembered that those vendors are probably different than the publishers, who don’t make much money themselves from such services, and thus those sorts of were probably not represented in the settlement. Or just nobody thought of it.