David DeKorte's Assignment for November 29
Google Book Search

Overview: In late 2004, Google announced an ambitious plan to digitally scan the full libraries of Harvard, Stanford, the University of Michigan, Oxford, and The New Public Library so that they may be searched through Google's search engine. Google advertised this project as a way to make works more accessible to prospective purchasers, as well as to provide access to works that are out-of-print. The move was protested by various publishers and authors, who viewed this as copyright infringement on an unprecedented scale. Today, I want us to examine the copyright implications of the Google Book Search as to whether or not this ambitious project is legally feasible.

I. Background information about US Copyright law may be found here: http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html

II. Background Information about Google Book Search

III. Authors’ Guild responses to Google’s Book Project

IV. Microsoft has announced an opt-in book search project

V. (Optional) The New York Public Library hosted a public discussion on the Google Book project.

VI. Other voices

VII. Legal discussion

VIII. Short field trip project (on your own)

IX. Questions


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