[A2k] Reforming Copyright Is Possible And it's the only way to create a national digital library By Pamela Samuelson

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Mon Jul 9 12:01:19 PDT 2012


July 9, 2012
Reforming Copyright Is Possible
And it's the only way to create a national digital library
By Pamela Samuelson

The tantalizing vision of universal access to the cultural and
scientific heritage of humanity seemed close to fulfillment in 2008,
when Google announced the settlement of a class-action lawsuit
charging that its Google Book Search project infringed copyright by
scanning in-copyright books from major research-library collections.
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, later asserted that the settlement
was a big win for everyone because it would create a "library to last
forever."

But it was not to be. The very ambitiousness of the settlement was its
undoing. In 2011 a federal judge ruled against it, mainly because it
went too far beyond the issues in litigation, which concerned only
whether scanning books to index their contents and make snippets
available was infringement or the limited exception, fair use, since
snippets would not supplant—and might enhance—demand for the works.
Having failed to reach a more limited settlement, the litigants are
expected to go to trial this fall.

The failure of the Google Book settlement, however, has not killed the
dream of a comprehensive digital library accessible to the public.
Indeed, it has inspired an alternative that would avoid the risks of
monopoly control.
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Read the article at:
http://chronicle.com/article/Reforming-Copyright-Is/132751/

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Manon Anne Ress
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