Digital Library Boosters Take Aim at Critics

Google’s plan for a vast digital library is “the kind of project that the fair use doctrine was designed to protect,” three nonprofits told the 2nd Circuit. Beginning in 2008, major universities and libraries partnered with Google to digitize their volumes, creating the HathiTrust Digital Library. HathiTrust enabled more than 60 university and research libraries to store, secure and search their digital collections. Though the library plans to provide full-text access to so-called “orphan works” whose copyright owners could not be located, it normally does not allow users to access the digitized books in their entirety. Its system delivers titles and page numbers via keyword search, helping students and others find the copyrighted books at libraries. Blind or print-disabled users can get special access to the original works.” (via Courthouse News Service)

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