Is Google Print about maintaining access to human knowledge? .bq The world’s libraries are a tremendous source of knowledge, much of which has never been available online. One of our goals for Google Print is to change that, and today we’ve taken an exciting step toward meeting it: making available a number of public domain books that were never subject to copyright or whose copyright has expired. We can show every page because these books are in the public domain. (For books not in the public domain we only show small snippets of the work unless the publisher or copyright holder has given us permission to show more.) – “Adam Mathes(Preserving public domain books)”:http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2005/11/preserving-public-domain-books.html Or destroying any incentive to create new works? .bq Not only is Google trying to rewrite copyright law, it is also crushing creativity. If publishers and authors have to spend all their time policing Google for works they have already written, it is hard to create more. Our laws say if you wish to copy someone’s work, you must get their permission. Google wants to trash that. Google’s position essentially amounts to a license to steal, so long as it returns the loot upon a formal request by their victims. This is precisely why Google’s argument has no basis in U.S. intellectual property law or jurisprudence. Just because Google is huge, it should not be allowed to change the law. – “Pat Schroeder and Bob Barr(Reining in Google)”:http://washingtontimes.com/commentary/20051102-093349-7482r.htm Actually, I think rewriting copyright law back to “the way it used to be(Founders’ Copyright)”:http://creativecommons.org/projects/founderscopyright/ is an excellent idea.