Wednesday, March 23, 2011

UPDATE: Google Books Settlement

A Federal judge in New York state has rejected the Google Books settlement. You can find summaries just about anywhere, but the ALA Washington Office has maintained a nice site that includes a history of the issues surrounding the GBS here. Or you can read another version courtesy of CNET.

Very few people - myself included - think that it would be a bad thing to make materials that are "orphaned" more readily available to scholars and the world at large. But IMO (and apparently that of Judge Chin), handing those rights over to a private company is essentially handing the content over to someone and saying "Here you go. Now how much do you want to charge me to let me look at it?"

Hmmm. Not being very objective, am I? Oh, well - I calls 'em like I sees 'em...

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