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Google Who?

Inside Higher Ed – “The Google Books project has been put on ice, delaying what some academic librarians had hoped would be a watershed moment in the accessibility and searchability of digital texts. But a pair of library services scheduled to be announced today show that even as the world’s most high-profile digital search-and-retrieval effort has been set back, smaller, academically oriented projects are hoping to continue making electronic texts more discoverable.”

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Six Reasons Google Books Failed

NYRB – “Judge Denny Chin’s opinion in rejecting the settlement between Google and the authors and publishers who sued it for infringement of their copyrights can be read as both as a map of wrong turns taken in the past and as an invitation to design a better route into the digital future. Extrapolating from the dense, 48-page text that accompanied the judge’s March 23 decision, it is possible to locate six crucial points where things went awry”

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Online books and copyright law

WP Op-Ed – “GOOGLE BOOKS is a dream project — a vast online database of millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide. It would be a library and a bookstore, a compendium of everything written.”

But from the start it has raised difficult questions about who should profit. If every book ever written could be found online, readers and researchers would benefit. But what about authors and publishers or, as they are known these days, “content creators”? What part should they play?”

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Research Libraries See Google Decision as Just a Bump on the Road to Widespread Digital Access

Chronicle of Higher Ed – “Tuesday, a federal judge tossed out the proposed settlement in the lawsuit over Google’s vast book-digitization project. Still, research libraries with a stake in that work said they were undeterred. They emphasized that widespread digital access is key to scholars’ work, and reiterated their commitment to making as much material available to as many people as possible, whether or not the settlement is revived in some form. And they said they hoped the ruling, by Judge Denny Chin, would galvanize efforts to solve the vexing problem of orphan works, which are under copyright but whose rights-holders are unknown or unfindable.”

See also, Research Libraries See Google Decision as Just a Bump on the Road to Widespread Digital Access.

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Creating a digital public library without Google’s money

LA Times – “Google’s settlement with authors and publishers has been tossed out, shining a spotlight on copyright law. Maybe we shouldn’t entrust that kind of project to a corporation anyway.”

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Research Libraries See Google Decision as Just a Bump on the Road to Widespread Digital Access

Chron – “Tuesday, a federal judge tossed out the proposed settlement in the lawsuit over Google’s vast book-digitization project. Still, research libraries with a stake in that work said they were undeterred. They emphasized that widespread digital access is key to scholars’ work, and reiterated their commitment to making as much material available to as many people as possible, whether or not the settlement is revived in some form. And they said they hoped the ruling, by Judge Denny Chin, would galvanize efforts to solve the vexing problem of orphan works, which are under copyright but whose rights-holders are unknown or unfindable. Some university librarians noted that the settlement’s demise has scuttled, at least for the time being, the goal of low-cost library subscriptions to the enormous Google catalog. But they also raised hopes for a legislative solution that would sidestep the concerns about monopoly that the Google settlement raised.”

See also, A Digital Library Better Than Google’s, and Book Ruling Cuts Options for Google from the NYT.

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Judge echoes Google critics in digital book ruling

AP – “As Google Inc. evolved from being an endearing startup to an Internet empire, the company has become used to critics depicting it as a copyright scofflaw and pushy monopolist. It’s different when the unflattering portrait is being drawn by a federal judge.

This week’s ruling from U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin did more than complicate Google’s efforts to make digital copies of the world’s 130 million books and possibly sell them through an online book store that it opened last year. It also touched upon antitrust, copyright and privacy issues that are threatening to handcuff Google as it tries to build upon its dominance in Internet search to muscle into new markets.”

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Google Book Settlement parties extend deadline for cash claims

Reuters – “Google Inc. has agreed to extend the deadline by which authors and publishers must file cash claims against it for scanning books without permission. They will now have until one year after a settlement is approved in a class action brought against Google by the book industry, according to a court filing last Friday.”

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Decoding the Google Digitizing Settlement

NYTimes – “As the New York Times series Humanities 2.0 has discussed, digitally savvy academics are both excited and anxious about Google’s plan to digitize tens of millions of books and create an online library and bookstore. While the proposal remains in legal limbo, the result of a class action lawsuit, the debate continues. Last year, New York Law School organized a conference on the Google settlement and now the school’s law journal has devoted its latest issue to the discussions about access, competition and copyright that ensued.”

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Google opens e-book store in challenge to Amazon

Associated Press – “Google Inc. is making the leap from digital librarian to merchant in a challenge to Amazon.com Inc. and its Kindle electronic reader. The long-awaited Internet book store, which opened Monday in the U.S., draws upon a portion of the 15 million printed books that Google has scanned into its computers during the past six years.”

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