Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Article: French digital library project protects copyright: official

While Google has been criticized for possibly violated copyright in digitization program, the French National Library (Bibliothèque nationale de France) has made it a point not to violate copyright. In a press release last week, the library announced that it and the French Publishers' Association are "drawing up economic and legal guidelines enabling the release of online editions to the public. The plan, to be unveiled next March, calls for free access to works described as part of the national heritage and payment for access to works under copyright."

Elsewhere the press release states that:

In the last decade, the library...has collected 10 billion documents online, and is currently scanning the pages of 300,000 books into digital format as part of a plan to set up a European virtual library.

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