Although it’s been hung up in the courts, there appears to be some forward momentum towards Google finishing its project to digitize all the world’s libraries.
The project hit a halt in 2005 when publishers, authors and others disagreed over Google’s policies regarding abandoned, copyrighted works.
The judge in the case supports Google’s efforts to digitize 100 million+ books (there are 15 million already scanned). Having digital books online provides more access to great information to society at large, which can only help.
- Authors’ Guild Sues Universities Over Book Digitization Project (wired.com)
- Authors To Universities: Give Up Your Google Books (paidcontent.org)
- Google Copyright Talks Continue With Publishers, Authors (online.wsj.com)
- NY judge gives Google, lawyers more time to talk (boston.com)