MSN & British Library Partner On Book Search Project

We wrote earlier
that MSN was getting into the book search game. Last Friday, another piece of
the puzzle came out. MSN

that it would digitize about 100,000 books through a partnership
with the British Library.

Hmm. Isn’t that what got Google into trouble? Yes, because Google is scanning
both in and out of copyright works. So MSN will stick with only out-of-copyright
public domain works, correct? Not necessarily from reading the MSN announcement:

We will predominantly focus on digitizing out of copyright material in this

Predominantly isn’t the same as exclusively — sounds like some copyright
material might be getting included. But the AP


Microsoft and the British Library stressed that they will be choosing books
only from the older end of the library’s vast collection of 13 million titles,
as these have long fallen out of copyright.

The press release over that the British Library web site also
says that
only out-of-copyright books will be included.

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