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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sergey Brin About Google Books

Google co-founder Sergey Brin in an interesting article in the New York Times writes about Google Books, orphaned book works, the Google Books Settlement, and the desire to create an accessible library. He makes the point that one of his main interests is progress in general, not necessarily to Google’s benefit, saing “if we don’t get our product right, then others will. But one thing that is sure to halt any such progress is to have no settlement at all.” He argues that “If Google Books is successful, others will follow. And they will have an easier path: this agreement creates a books rights registry that will encourage rights holders to come forward and will provide a convenient way for other projects to obtain permissions.” [Thanks JEShack!]


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