Thursday, September 10, 2009

Brussels does bookkeeping with Google

Books on the Internet, democratically accessible now but perhaps expensive in the future… The Internet search group Google has been defending its scanning and publishing of millions of books online.

At a hearing at the European Commission in Brussels, Google said this process is making access to information more democratic. The Commission is considering what Europe should do about books on the Web.

Out-of-print books alone represent an enormous potential market. A Google deal in the United States is under legal scrutiny over how any eventual profits are shared among Google, publishers and authors.

German publishers and booksellers have linked payment for intellectual property with progress:
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