2009


Google's Goal: Digitize Every Book Ever Printed

PBS

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/july-dec09/google_12-30.html

SPENCER MICHELS: Google's alleged monopoly also disturbs Pam Samuelson, a law professor at the University of California-Berkeley, who teaches copyright law. She contends that the agreement reached last October between Google and publishers and authors doesn't protect the public or universities who use those books.

PAM SAMUELSON, professor, University of California-Berkeley: There really are not checks and balances in the agreement about -- about pricing strategies. And it seems like, the more books that Google scans, the higher the prices can be. The entire thing transformed itself into a commercial enterprise. It's basically turned this project into a bookstore, rather than a library.

SPENCER MICHELS: Google argues it has no monopoly. It welcomes competition. Microsoft, Amazon and others could be doing the same thing, but have decided not to.

12/30/2009