Digital Librarian Criticizes Google's Settlement with Booksellers
Chris O'Brien of the San Jose Mercury News writes:
"When I heard Google had settled its feud with book publishers, I knew exactly whom I wanted to call first: Brewster Kahle, the digital librarian who is the founder of the Internet Archive.
I first talked to Kahle back in 2004, around the time Google launched its Book Search. The program riled publishers, who felt it amounted to a massive copyright violation, triggering the class-action suit. Kahle, who was also critical of the plan, helped put together the Open Content Alliance, a competing venture of libraries and tech companies such as Yahoo that sought to scan millions of books and make them available for free.
Google's plan was to build a new kind of bookstore. Kahle and the alliance want to build a new kind of library. By coincidence, the 135 members of the Open Content Alliance were gathered in San Francisco on Tuesday for a two-day conference when news of the Google settlement came down. I wondered whether the news had changed Kahle's view of Google's program."