Thursday, March 11, 2010

University of Virginia expands Google Books agreement



Last month, Stanford University announced an expanded partnership that takes advantage of our settlement agreement to make millions of works from its library collection accessible to people across the United States.

Recently, University of Virginia joined our other partners in expanding its partnership with Google. If the settlement agreement is approved by the court, anyone in the US will be able to find, preview and buy online access to books from U.Va's library, along with works from Stanford, the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Texas, who also expanded their original partnerships with Google.

We're excited that University of Virginia has joined in our ongoing efforts to bring more books to more students, teachers, researchers, and book lovers around the country. You can read more at the University of Virginia website.

3 comments:

Tech Guru said...

Google has no right to sell access to the works of authors who haven't given their consent. The scanning of entire libraries of books is massive, criminal copyright infringement, and Google should be prosecuted for doing it.

Ian M. said...

Unless they AGREE to it, like in this case.

And, anyway it's the University of Virginia that's selling access to its works.

Jeremy said...

And if they don't agree to let their books be scanned, well -- let them drown in obscurity. The books I have spent money on are all books that I could freely get my hands on in the first place. Having a book available for free does not degrade the value of that work, it only makes the work more accessible.