Why non-scaling solutions are bad for public access to reources

Google Books has an enormous amount of material. This is good. However, they paint copyright restrictions with a wide brush and err on the side of protecting copyright holders. So, most content on Google Books that has been published post-1923 are restricted (possibly all, but definitely most). This may or may not be good for most people, but it’s certainly bad in some specific instances, like with government documents. These are in the public domain and yet you can only see “snippets” on Google Books. Rick Prelinger described this phenomenon last year. The problem still exists. The concern, apparently is that cop[yrighted material may appear within these documents -- hearings especially -- and since Google can't spare the humans to do the due diligence, we all suffer with restricted access. [freegovinfo]

One Response to “Why non-scaling solutions are bad for public access to reources”

  1. Daniel Cornwall Says:

    Thanks for once again highlighting Google Books’ shame in not treating government documents as public domain.