US Copyright Office Issues Analysis Of Mass Digitisation Of BooksPublished on 1 November 2011 @ 4:07 pm
Intellectual Property Watch
The United States Copyright Office has released a preliminary analysis and discussion document on the intersection of copyright law and the mass digitization of books.
“The purpose of the Analysis is to facilitate further discussions among the affected parties and the public – discussions that may encompass a number of possible approaches, including voluntary initiatives, legislative options, or both,” the office said in a release. “The Analysis also identifies questions to consider in determining an appropriate policy for the mass digitization of books.”
The 31 October Copyright Office analysis, available here, follows the 14 October latest complaint [pdf] by a group of book authors calling for a jury trial in their case against search engine company Google, which has been scanning books with permission from several university libraries to be made available online.