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Friday, May 01, 2009

Another argument that the Google settlement should support OA

David Weinberger, Pros and cons of the Google book deal, KM World, May 1, 2009.  Excerpt:

...[S]ince the people who will make money from orphaned works [under the settlement] are precisely not the people who created or published the works —by definition, those people cannot be found— I like the idea of shunting some of that money into a fund to help increase open access to all the works of our culture. The settlement does talk about donating unclaimed funds to non-profits "that advance literacy, freedom of expression, and/or education," but makes no commitment to the amounts, and does not directly name open access. This should be a requirement, not an afterthought....