Sunday, July 17, 2005

Article: Could Googling become illegal?

Unrelated to digitization, although might impact Google Print.....

The TP! Wire Service (TP stands for Tom Peters) carried mention of this story from the Globe and Mail in Toronto. The article talks about a bill that has been introduced in Canada.

Bill C-60, which amends the Copyright Act and received its first reading in the
House of Commons on June 20, suggests it could be illegal for anyone to provide
copyrighted information through "information-location tools," which includes
search engines.
From what the article says, this could potentially impact Google and the Internet Archive because of their cached pages. Would a government look upon this activity and deem it illegal? Is that what the Canadian government means to do or would this be an unintended result? Perhaps this will be interesting to watch.

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