Feb 182010
 February 18, 2010  Posted by  Court, Featured News, Online

Larry Neumeister and Tom Hays report:

Supporters of Google’s effort to create the world’s largest digital library on the Internet told a federal judge Thursday that it would benefit society, while opponents said it would infringe on copyright protections and violate the privacy of readers.

Marc Mauer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, said the audio capabilities of Google’s system “will give us access to 10 million books.”

But a lawyer for folk singer Arlo Guthrie and “Pay it Forward” writer Catherine Ryan Hyde claimed the library would exploit his clients. Google’s proposed settlement offers “woefully inadequate compensation” for “unknown and undisclosed uses,” said the attorney, Andrew DeVore.

Read more in the Boston Globe.

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