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  • J Flenner
    http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20071126-university-of-michigan-librarian-defends-google-scanning-deal.html November 26, 2007 | ars technica University of
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      November 26, 2007 | ars technica

      University of Michigan librarian defends Google scanning deal

      By Nate Anderson

      The University of Michigan's head librarian, Paul Courant, started a
      blog <http://paulcourant.net/> this November to talk about large-scale
      digitization projects. Sounds noncontroversial, right? It was, for all
      of one post, and then Courant defended his library's relationship with
      Google, saying that "the University of Michigan (and the other partner
      libraries) and Google are changing the world for the better." Not
      everyone agrees.
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      Siva Vaidhyanathan, a professor at the University of Virginia, is
      working on a critical book about Google, and he argues that the current
      book-scanning program is riddled with problems. Public institutions, he
      argued in a response to Courant
      <http://www.googlizationofeverything.com/2007/11/paul_courant_of_michigan_addre.php>,
      should not be making these sorts of deals with private companies,
      especially when those companies are as dominant in their fields as
      Google is.

      He also wonders how the "library copy" retained by the library is not an
      "audacious infringement of copyright? It violates both the copyright
      holder's right to copy and right to distribute. Doesn't a university
      library have an obligation to explain this?"

      (snip)
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