Comments: Google, Fair Use and Open Media: Fair Use for All, or Just Google?

Liz's suggestion is not all that unrealistic. After all, that's how Project Gutenberg ( works, a 35 year-old (!) project with over 17,000 free books. Plus, building your own book scanner isn't out of the realm of possibility either, as this nifty article explains:

Posted by Eugene Eric Kim at March 16, 2006 02:56 PM

In Google's defense (not a position I find myself in often these days ;), Daniel Clancy (their rep on the panel I chaired) said their contracts are *not* exclusive--other people can scan the same books.

Posted by Liz Lawley at March 16, 2006 05:04 PM

thanks Liz.. since it was noted at the panel, I thought it was true.. but i've corrected that above.


Posted by mary hodder at March 16, 2006 05:07 PM

Mary, Your post is very thoughtful. It's hard for me to take Google's morality seriously. They cache an entire copy of the Internet, yet their Terms of Service keeps us from scraping even one search page! Their answer to that is that we can tell them not to include our pages! That is such a power heavy attitude that I look forward to what might come after Google.

Posted by Andrius Kulikauskas at March 24, 2006 09:40 AM