Thursday, December 02, 2004

Wired News: Fight for Public Domain Goes On

Wired News: Fight for Public Domain Goes On:
"Digital archivists aren't giving up on their efforts to free out-of-print books, movies and music from overreaching copyright laws, despite a recent setback in court.

District Judge Maxine Chesney dismissed the case filed by Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, and Rick Prelinger, founder of the Prelinger Archives, in late November. The archivists allege that the government's sweeping changes in copyright laws are unconstitutional because they lock up creative works that should be returned to the public domain. The government filed a motion to dismiss, and the motion was granted Nov. 19." - Katie Dean
Having spent much of my day trying to locate copies of books that are out of print, I'm aware that the cost is far more than simply the cost of the book from a used book dealer. If this effort by Brewster Kahle and others to ease copyright restrictions on out of print books succeeds, it could have significant (positive) financial implications for libraries.