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Washington - Google on Thursday launched its controversial effort to digitize millions of books for online viewing - but said it would limit access to any copyrighted material for now.
The internet search giant said the initial collection will include "public domain" works - those without current copyright protection - in an apparent effort to ease concerns that have led to legal challenges.
Google said in a statement: "Because they're out of copyright, these cultural artifacts can be read in their entirety online at print.google.com..., where anyone can search and browse every page.
Originally posted by Atomix
God, I hate all this copyright BS!
Lets say there is a nuclear war and we all die. 10,000 years later a civillisation on another planet studies and perfects their space travel. They use a telescope to see our planet and are excited to see faint images of structures. They mount a huge expedition to travel here and once they land everything is gone except for a few computers. So they log on to these PCs and try to find out who we were and what happend to us, only to discover they can't access any information because apperently its all copyright protected!!!! So they go home pissed....