Harvard library director Robert Darnton applauds rejection of Google settlement earlier this week and calls for a public digital library.
In a nutshell:
This decision is a victory for the public good, preventing one company from monopolizing access to our common cultural heritage. Nonetheless, we should not abandon Google’s dream of making all the books in the world available to everyone. Instead, we should build a digital public library, which would provide these digital copies free of charge to readers.