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Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal

Authors

Kodj Gbegnon

Abstract

Google Inc., one of the most visible portals on the Internet, strives to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." However, Google's Print Library database, which copies millions of books into a database and offers snippets of those books free of charge, may exceed the current confines of copyright law. After an in-depth look at Google's digitization projects and specific criticisms from library specialists, this article argues that the library exception to copyright infringement must be re-conceptualized to include commercial information enterprises such as Google's Print Library.

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