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Ruling Spurs Effort to Form Digital Public Library


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Robert Darnton, Harvard University Library

Robert Darnton, director of the Harvard University Library, supports formation of a noncommercial public digital library.

Jodi Hilton for The New York Times

Is the tantalizing dream of a universal library dead? Some scholars and librarians across the country fear it may be, now that a federal judge in New York has derailed Google’s bold plan to build the world’s largest digital library and bookstore. With 15 million books scanned, Google had gotten closer to the elusive goal than anyone else.

From The New York Times
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