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So I speed read through this essay by Roger Darnton about the future of book in the age of Google Book Search, or GBS. And here is a meaningful excerpt from that essay:

On November 9, 2009, in the district court for the Southern District of New York, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers were scheduled to file a settlement to resolve their suit against Google for alleged breach of copyright in its program to digitize millions of books from research libraries and to make them available, for a fee, online. Not comparable to the fall of the Berlin Wall, you might say. True, but for several months, all eyes in the world of books—authors, publishers, librarians, and a great many readers—were trained on the court and its judge, Denny Chin, because this seemingly small-scale squabble over copyright looked likely to determine the digital future for all of us.

 

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/11/28 at 05:30

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