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Subject: FREE OUR LIBRARIES!,Why We Need A New Approach to Putting Library Collections Online
From: Jan Szczepanski <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:BIBLIST - Topics in Nordic research library user services <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 6 Oct 2008 10:58:02 +0200

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I USA har bibliotekssamarbetet med Google börjat gnissla. Vid Universal 
Access Digital
Library Summit den 25 september i Boston publicerades följande vitpapper 
av Boston
Library Consortium och som skrivits av Richard K. Johnson.

I dessa finanskrisens yttersta dagar är denna fyrsidiga varning något 
att ta på allvar. Vi har
förlorat kampen om tidskrifterna och tvingats "dansa med vargarna". Nu 
kanske vi även
förlorar kampen om vårt gemensamma kulturarv.


Today Google and other businesses are scanning millions of books from 
the world’s great
libraries and offering access to them on the Web. This conjures up the 
vision of a vast,
free, Internet public library of accumulated knowledge. It seems like a 
marriage made in
heaven—the union of corporate capital and enormous library collections, 
knowledge into virtually every home and workplace.


Before the Internet, there was little argument over what people could do 
with public
domain works. They could do anything. But technology makes it possible 
to impose new
technical and contractual protections that can be applied willy-nilly to 
in-copyright and
public domain works alike. The lawyers and economists call this the 
“enclosure” of the
public domain and it looms large as the future of the Internet public 
library plays out.


De åsikter som framförs här är mina personliga 
och inte ett uttryck för Göteborgs universitets-
biblioteks hållning

Opinions expressed here are my own and not
that of Göteborgs universitetsbibliotek

Jan Szczepanski
Förste bibliotekarie 
Goteborgs universitetsbibliotek 
Box 222
SE 405 30 Goteborg, SWEDEN 
Tel: +46 31 7861164 Fax: +46 31 163797 
E-mail: [log in to unmask]


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