Google asks to give them ‘all books in all languages’ free of posting chargeJosiah Diega 26 Aug 2006 18:24 GMT
It takes its mission literally; For Google, all the world’s information includes “all books in all languages.” Google aims to be the world’s single virtual depository for access to every single book in the world:
The ultimate goal is to work with publishers and libraries to create a comprehensive, searchable, virtual card catalog of all books in all languages that helps users discover new books and publishers discover new readers.
How does Google plan on obtaining “all books in all languages”? In today’s Google world, it is the Google way, or the highway. It obtains content cost-free and exploit others’ content to Google’s financial advantage.
Its uncanny ability to present every one of its infringement on content ownership, use and distribution as a generous gesture at the service of the public good is one of the reasons that Google always “gets a pass” (see “Google: just like your favorite sports team?")
Google’s desire and means to control “all book in all languages,” however, ought to cause pause for even the most ardent of Google fans.
Does Google set content free, or does it restrain, monopolize and commercialize content it obtains, cost-free?
David Eun, VP Content Partnerships for Google, recently entered into an agreement with Robert Dynes, President, University of California providing that:
Google will digitize works from the University Libraries’ collection to include them in Google’s services, and provide access to the digitized works to the University… University agrees to commit no less than two and a half million volumes to the Digitization. It may use the Google Digital Copy, in whole or in part at Google’s sole discretion, subject to copyright law, as part of the Google Services.
Google agrees to provide to University access to one copy of all Digitized Selected Content that has been ‘Successfully Processed’ within thirty days after the Selected Content is Digitized. University shall own all rights, title and interest to the University Digital Copy.
University shall develop methods and systems for ensuring that substantial portions of the University Digital Copy are not downloaded from the services offered on University’s website or otherwise disseminated to the public at large.
University shall not share, provide, license, distribute or sell the Image Coordinates to any entity in any manner.
University shall have the right to distribute no more than 10% of the University Digital Copy (but not any portion of the Image Coordinates)…for academic purposes.
Any distribution by University to a Recipient Institution is subject to a written agreement.