2009


Google Book Search Settlement Inquiry Announced

ISEdb.com

http://www.isedb.com/db/articles/2090/1/Google-Book-Search-Settlement-Inquiry-Announced/Page1.html

Google began collecting its Book Search archive back in 2004. According to a lecture given by Pamela Samuelson at UC Berkeley, Google made arrangements with some university research libraries to scan books in their collections. In return, the libraries would get back a digital library of their collections.

 

Samuelson asserts that the settlement would give Google a monopoly over the biggest digital collection of books in the world. The settlement would also allow Google to sell orphan books and subscriptions to them – making it the first company ever with such a right. Another major problem with the settlement is that unless copyright owners opt out of the settlement, they are effectively opting in.

7/5/2009