Google book scanning: Cultural theft or freedom of information?

I don’t know about you, but I like Google Books. Recent article on the topic, reads in part,

London, England (CNN) — A proposed partnership between the French government and Google is stoking fears in France that the country’s literary treasures will fall under commercial control of a U.S. technology company.

Frederic Mitterand, the French minister of culture, has said that Google came to France with “the attitude of a conqueror” signing “unacceptable” and “one-sided” deals.

He told Le Monde newspaper that the deals involved “excessive confidentiality, impossible exclusivity and casual –even leonine –clauses on copyright.”

Read the full article, http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/02/08/google.livres.france/index.html

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