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US Copyright Register: Google Books Case Shows Need For Congress To Act

WSJ – “The recent court ruling rejecting a settlement between Google Inc. (GOOG) and authors and publishers over the Internet giant’s effort to scan all the world’s books shows the need for Congress to take up the issue of mass digitization, the head of the U.S. Copyright Office said Tuesday.

Acting Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante said lawmakers should decide if creating digital copies of all books is in the country’s interest and whether it should just benefit the public or become a profitable enterprise.

“The first issue is really, is mass digitization a national goal that Congress feels legislation is warranted for, and if so, for what beneficiaries,” Pallante said at an event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”

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