Google Looking for Monopoly on Orphan Books?

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Reply Sat 4 Apr, 2009 10:37 am
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/04/technology/internet/04books.html?pagewanted=1&ref=todayspaper

These books are out of print, but still under copyright.

I can see some advantages: world wide access to a massive database of literature; the system will help authors to reclaim their work if they please; and so forth.

But why on earth should google be allowed to control these works, charge whatever price they please, when all they have done is scanned the text into a database?
 
Parapraxis
 
Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 04:05 am
@Didymos Thomas,
If they allow them to be viewed freely on the Google Books service, this is a good thing. But I would agree that should Google start to publish them and claim the rights to profits from them, this would not be a good thing.
 
Didymos Thomas
 
Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 03:17 pm
@Parapraxis,
I think that's the problem: Google plans to charge some sort of fee for these texts.
 
 

 
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