Thursday, 10 April 2008

Not just Google

A posting Kant find a book in full view on the Inside Google Book Search blog prompted me to go back to a posting I did about 18 months ago where I blogged about an example of Google's excessive conservatism in protecting copyright.

"The silvery hosts of the North Sea, with a sketch of 'quaint old Yarmouth," by C Stacy Watson was published in 1883. Still in 2008 Google continues to protect some illusionary copyright by only showing snippets.

The Google Book Search Blog posting suggests clicking on More Editions when you don't find a full digitization. Good advice, but not helpful in this case.

Maybe Google should add another link, to Other Sources. This book is fully available through The Internet Archive, and with an explanation of their view of the copyright status here.

Experienced searchers preach time and again to not rely solely on one source like Google for your searches.

1 comment:

WJM said...

If only Google were the only ones.

LAC, too, like many archives and libraries, is intent on protecting imaginary, long-expired, copyrights.