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EU culture ministers have moved to block Google's book scanning juggernaut - by appointing some wise men to come up with a policy. Eventually. The policy was thrashed out by Europe's culture ministers at a meeting last Friday. French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand told Journal du Dimanche that the digitisation of books …


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  1. Ian Michael Gumby Silver badge
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    Wow, EU politicos got it right....

    I do agree that allowing a for profit company to scan books in a clear violation of the copyright laws and thus by a legal settlement grant them a for profit monopoly is unconscionable.

    No offense to the Goo machine, but were you to plug in Adobe, Amazon, IBM and or Microsoft, I'd say the same thing.

    This is a project that for the price of a B2 Bomber or <insert your favorite high tech military project>, you could have something of a more potent weapon... easy access to knowledge.

    Hearts and minds... Hearts and minds...

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  3. Tony Paulazzo


    >Mitterand said, via the miracle of Google Translate,< stuff...

    Did make me laugh, especially as the EU haven't got a translate page, or a search engine, or, really, any meaningful, presence on the interwebs. But they don't want a 'for profit company' (is there any other kind?), scanning the worlds book's and placing them online for the great unwashed masses to read, they'd rather setup a commission to see how best to do it themselves (ie, 4 to 5 years to decide it's too big a job, farm it out to some 'for profit company' who will then charge the masses to view any of it).

    Google may be the devil (I don't think so), but Google Earth (free), Google search (free), Google News (free) (Google Pack (inc anti spyware & assorted crap - free), Google Mail (free), Google Books (copyright free versions - free), Google crippled Usenet (free).

    Microsoft, paying Murdoch for news on Bing, MS Earth (free), MS Live... sorry, think I threw up a little... (actually used Bing on clients pc when I can't be bothered typing in the google address and it does work a lot better than they're previous effort).

    Crap, forgotten my point, but rest assured I had one.

  4. Matthew Collier


    ....I suspect your point was going to be that the EU will mull over this, and take a very long time, and in the end farm it out to a "for-Profit" company after all. That may be so, but, the real issue is the copyright grab, not so much the making money, part, IMO.

    You would hope the EU, regardless of who does the work (if any), and regardless of charging mechanism (if any), will keep the copyright un-stolen.

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