[pd-discuss] BL and google digitise books

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Tue Jun 21 09:57:51 BST 2011

Javier: I would definitely ask Paul Keller (in cc) and other folks at
Communia for their opinion on the value of this. They know the sector,
and the probable/possible impact of campaigns in this area, much
better than I do!


On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 10:52 AM, Javier Ruiz
<javier at openrightsgroup.org> wrote:
>> Unfortunately even after the calculation is done and material is PD,
>> it is not clear that digital copies will be open as in
>> opendefinition.org (and hence free for anyone to use without
>> restriction).
>> E.g. I understand the material from BL is unfortunately still rights
>> encumbered [1], possibly due to contractual obligations (with
>> Google?).
> Would the access conditions here be a worthy battle?
> Open Rights Groups is meant to campaign on this sort of thing, but taking on
> Google and BL would require a supportive effort from our wider networks,
> even if other organisations do not have campaigning mandate.
> Javier
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