Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Judge Rejects Google’s Deal to Digitize Books - NYTimes.com

I always suspected that copyright laws -- whether screamed about by authors or publishers -- would be the stumbling block to Google's aims at digitizing the world's libraries, and that's how New York federal judge Denny Chin recently ruled. Yet it was the authors and publishers that had negotiated the initial Google Books settlement and supported the endeavor, leaving copyright laws as the last legal hurdle. Even though we are a small school, I submitted the Grand Ledge High School Library's collection to the Google Books project to include the local history books that we possess. I'm still waiting to hear back.
Todd Heisler/The New York Times
Judge Denny Chin said the legal settlement with publishers and authors would have granted Google a “de facto monopoly.”

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