Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Article: Google and U.C. sign contract to digitize books

The deal is done. The University of California (U.C.) will join Google's book digitization project. U.C. is also working on a competing project with Yahoo, Microsoft and the Internet Archive, and they see no problems being involved in two projects at the same time. However, the CNN article says:
Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle said he was pleased that U.C. will continue to work with the OCA, but he criticized the school for "privatizing its library system" by agreeing to Google's limitations on distributing and sharing copies of digitized books.
It had been thought that U.C. would only allow Google to digitize those books that are in the public domain, but the article doesn't say that. It does say that U.C. will comply with the law.

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