Google Books at the Intellectual Property crossroads

18 02 2010

WIRED: Google Books Fosters Intellectual, Legal Crossroads

By David Kravets
Feb 18

Nobody in their right mind opposes the intellectual soundness of digitizing the world’s books -– even titles gathering dust in the stacks of university libraries — and making them available online.

Yet Google will encounter stiff resistance in a Manhattan federal court Thursday during a marathon hearing that could grant Google the keys to free the written word from a business and intellectual model as old as paper and ink.

“The benefits of approval are bounded only by the limits of human creativity and imagination,” Google told U.S. District Judge Denny Chin in a recent court filing ahead of Thursday’s hearing.

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