Monday, February 23, 2009

Google Book Scanning Project Settlement: More Reaction and Analysis

Last fall, Google, the Authors Guild (representing thousands of U.S. writers) and the Association of American Publishers announced that they had reached a settlement in a 3-year dispute over the search giant's book digitization and search project.

In 2005, the Guild sued Google, accusing it of massive copyright violation, claiming Google cannot make available digitized copies of books for commercial use without permission. The publishers group later launched its own lawsuit.

The March 2009 issue of Cites & Insights (30 pages in PDF format) is devoted to summing up the debate about the settlement.

As well, National Public Radio in the United States posted an interview today with Robert Darnton, head librarian at Harvard University.

It is still not fully clear how the settlement will ultimately affect Canadian institutions.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 6:10 pm

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