[APG Public List] Articles about Google and copyright

LBoswell laboswell at rogers.com
Wed Oct 7 08:25:36 MDT 2009

Interesting.  But that creation of "orphans" (read the article for the explanation) is an unexpected problem in the digital age, an outcome of past insistence on constantly expanding the length and coverage of copyright beyond what's reasonable.  Some of the time periods now legally set before works enter the 'public domain' have become way too long. Hope this doesn't shut down a large area of Google Books which has become a good source of material from a genealogical point of view.

 In the case of 'orphans' if this goes to court, in the future no one will want to take a chance on digitizing such works, yet many of those works no longer have copyright owners (though you can bet there are those who are scrambling to find previously uninterested parties who probably have some slight claim to copyright, just to become part of these lawsuits given that financial settlements might be on the horizon).

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  From: Claire Bettag 
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  Two New York Times articles about an upcoming court case involving Google and copyright will be of interest to many readers. One appeared in Sunday's paper (thank you to Dave McDonald for pointing it out) and can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/ybkq8we

  The second is in today's paper and can be found at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/ybdsddy


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