Ruling Spurs Effort to Form Digital Public Library

Pittsburgh Post Gazette


Is the tantalizing dream of a universal library dead?

Some scholars and librarians across the country fear it may be, now that a federal judge in New York has derailed Google's bold plan to build the world's largest digital library and bookstore. With 15 million books scanned, Google had gotten closer to the elusive goal than anyone else.

"I think the biggest obstacle is copyright," said Pamela Samuelson, a professor of law and information management at the University of California, Berkeley who opposed the settlement and is working on legal issues facing the digital public library.