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“The most ambitious solution would transform Google’s digital database into a truly public library.”

“That, of course, would require an act of Congress, one that would make a decisive break with the American habit of determining public issues by private lawsuit. The legislation would have to settle ancillary problems—how to adjust copyright, deal with orphan books, and compensate Google for its investment in digitizing—but it would have the advantage of clearing up a messy legal landscape and of giving the American people what they deserve: a national digital library equal to the needs of the twenty-first century. […] We are agreed that something must be done to improve the nation’s health. Why not do something to enrich its culture?”

-Robert Darnton from Harvard University has a good summary of the Google Book Search situation and some interesting ideas on how to settle it in “Google and the New Digital Future.”

Kevin Nolan writes essays and fiction. More from this author →