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