Issue Date: Apr 15, 2011
Imagine being able to access a book anywhere in the world. And not just books but documents, treaties and papers on any subject, in any language, in any corner of the world—all at the click of the mouse. That may be the ultimate fantasy of the bibliophile, the scholar, the researcher. That is also the grand vision with which the Google Books Library Project started out in 2004 when it began digitising the collections of libraries. But in pushing through this dream, Google forgot, or chose to ignore, something critical: the rights of authors and publishers, and not merely of those who believe in copyright.
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