Goodbye free, hello fee

On the Google Settlement. Excerpt:

No, it is not fair to place restrictions on public domain works. After all, they belong to the public. These collections are only available to Google because of the public funding afforded to the nonprofit institutions that developed them. Libraries invest untold dollars to select, purchase, catalog, store, and preserve a single book, a book that now costs just $25–$30 to scan and put online. In effect, for the one-time price of a scan, Google now proposes to secure and enforce a monopoly on the digital texts of works that belong to the public.

On HathiTrust

Autor: Klaus Graf

Historiker und Archivar, Blogger

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