Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Director of Internet Archive pens op-ed piece opposing $125m Google Book Search settlement

A Book Grab by Google
The Washington Post, May 19, 2009
By Brewster Kahle

A court in the Southern District of New York will soon make a decision that could determine our digital future.

A ruling is expected shortly on a proposed settlement of lawsuits filed against Google in 2005 by groups representing authors and publishers claiming that Google's book-scanning project violated copyright. When Google announced its project in 2004, the company said its goal was simple yet far-reaching. Like its search engine, which points people to Web sites, Google's book search product would help people find information in books and direct them to volumes in libraries and bookstores.

Read the entire op-ed piece in The Washington Post.

Brewster Kahle is founder and director of the Internet Archive and the Open Content Alliance.

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