Monday, May 10, 2010

Harvard University reconsiders Google Book ban

The Harvard Crimson student newspaper reports that the prestigious Ivy League school is reconsidering the current ban prohibiting Google from scanning, digitizing and making publicly available copyrighted material from the university's vast collection of books. Although Google has already digitized 40,000 public domain books from Harvard’s collection, the university has staunchly opposed the terms of the proposed $125 million Google Book Settlement because of copyright concerns. Interestingly, the Crimson article was co-written by Elyssa A.L. Spitzer, a member of the Class of 2012 and daughter of former New York governor Eliot Spitzer.

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