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The Google Library Project and Fair Use

Is the Google Books Project infringing reproduction and fair use? Although Google and authors and publishers reached a proposed settlement last November, until the court grants final approval, “all persons having copyright interests in books” in the United States could object to the agreement. Read the latest report by The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued on February 5, 2009, The Google library project: is digitization for purposes of online indexing fair use under copyright law? (See other CRS Reports.)
See also Stanford Google Library Project.


Happy Birthday, Charles!


Today is Charles Darwin's 200th birthday. Olivia Judson and the New York Times have put together a graceful and detailed salute to the founder of modern biology.

Naturally, there has been an explosion of books about Darwin in 2008 and 2009, which is reflected in the holdings of Stanford Libraries. 2009 is also the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species.

Not surprisingly, as all the first editions of Darwin's works are in the public domain, he is very well represented in digital format online.


Everybody is after CRS: Wikileaks makes thousands of Congressional Reports available online


The Washington Post reported that Wikileaks.org has mounted thousands of Congressional Research Service Reports on their website.

This makes the CRS one of the most-leaked government agencies anywhere. Stanford also has access to many CRS reports via a number of web sites indexed on Archive-It.

These reports can be excellent resources for researching the background of legislation, as they are commissioned by Congress when considering bills. CRS funding specifically restricts the reports from being distributed directly to the public. This has resulted in the generation of various collections of these reports being made available through a number of resources, such as Archive-It, Open CRS, and now Wikileaks.org.


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