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[InetBib] Google Book Settlement - die Schlacht geht weiter
- Date: Sat, 04 Apr 2009 15:04:16 +0200
- From: delin@xxxxxx (Delin, Peter)
- Subject: [InetBib] Google Book Settlement - die Schlacht geht weiter
Gestern in der New York Times:
The settlement, “takes the vast bulk of books that are in research
libraries and makes them into a single database that is the property of
Google,” said Robert Darnton, head of the Harvard University library
system. “Google will be a monopoly.”
Opposition to the 134-page agreement, which the parties announced in
October, has been building slowly as its implications have become
clearer. Groups that plan to raise concerns with the court include the
American Library Association (!) [mehr dazu hier: http://wo.ala.org/gbs/
], the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School
and a group of lawyers led by Prof. Charles R. Nesson of Harvard Law
School. It is not clear that any group will oppose the settlement outright.
“What we were establishing was a renewed access to a huge corpus of
material that was essentially lost in the bowels of a few great
libraries,” said Richard Sarnoff, former chairman of the Association of
American Publishers and co-chairman of the American unit of Bertelsmann,
the parent company of Random House.
“No other company can realistically get an equivalent license,” said
Pamela Samuelson, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley,
and co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology.
Mr. Darnton of Harvard said he feared that without competition Google
would be free to “raise the price to unbearable levels.”
But Mr. Macgillivray and Mr. Boni said prices would be kept in check, in
part by the goal, spelled out in the agreement, to reach as many
customers as possible.
Some of Google’s rivals are clearly interested in the settlement’s fate.
Microsoft is helping to finance the research on the settlement at the
New York Law School institute. James Grimmelmann, an associate professor
at the institute, said its work was not influenced by Microsoft.
Microsoft confirmed this but declined to comment further.
Amazon also declined to comment. An unmatchable back catalog could
eventually make Google a primary source for digital versions of books,
old and new, threatening other e-book stores.
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