Copyright Protection and Cultural Heritage: Steering digitization between public archives and search engines


This paper explores the tensions between universal access to cultural heritage online and the varying copyright and other issues that may impinge on this apparent utopia. In particular, we argue for multiple routes to accessing information to avoid monopolistic or commercial dominance of the field. As largely altruistic institutions, cultural organizations should ensure the issues are discussed openly before it is too late to have any effect. As a specific example, Google Book Search is an excellent project that involves both libraries and editors, but institutions should not stop their digitization programs and rely passively on the initiative of a commercial enterprise

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