Revised Google Book Terms

ALA posted a nice article about Google’s revised legal terms for scanning and distributing orphaned books. Basically, it says that Google will not include foreign titles in its Google Books project, which is not too surprising.

According to the ALA article,

The removal of foreign books is the most significant change to the agreement: The Wall Street Journal estimated November 16 that the elimination of millions of foreign titles would reduce the number of works covered by the settlement by at least half.

Strategically, it is smart of Google to start small and grow over time. This is a huge project, and ambitions are high. If Google Books successfully takes off in the US, perhaps other countries will change their mind.

It also links to the original 2008 agreement as well as the new terms for foreign copyright holders.

The NY Times also published an article on this topic recently.

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on November 17, 2009, in Google, Libraries and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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