Google has already scanned 10 million books, it is planning, as part of the settlement, to establish a book registry to reunite authors and works. “Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” says Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google. Why are we still so uncomfortable?
The Department of Justice has antitrust concerns and at this weeks hearing told the parties to go back and try again. The next hearing is scheduled for Nov. 9th.
The Frankfurt Book Fair is next week, and the publishing industry is facing momentous changes. Georgina Prodhan, writing for Reuters, has a good article on what’s at stake. These are interesting times!