CAN PUBLIC LIBRARIES SELL OR CAPTURE THE RIGHTS OF THE PUBLIC?
Eine kritische Stimme:
… I already warned against public libraries imposing conditions and royalties on the commercial reuse of digitized public domain works. The British Library/Google agreement does much worse. Of course the alleged excuse is that it would permit more works to be digitized and made accessible. Even if it were an admissible bargain, it would be a bad one: screen streaming of text and print-on-demand are the equivalent for digital reading of television-like access for video on the Net. They lock out users from the digital empowerment that comes with possession of copies and capability to use them. Anyway, neither public libraries nor governments are entitled to enter such a bargain. The public domain in the widest sense is not public property, it is no one’s property in which all have a stake. …
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