by Mike Masnick
Wed, Sep 22nd 2010 7:53pm
Recently, we wrote about how some book publishers appeared to be using public domain books from Google to make their own books (which is mostly fine), but then telling Google that its books were copyrighted, causing the full versions to disappear from Google -- which is not cool at all. Perhaps in response to this, apparently Google is now asking people in their forums to identify books within Google Books that are in the public domain, so that Google can investigate and see if they should be opened up as public domain books (found via Glyn Moody). I don't know if this is a direct response to those earlier complaints, but it's always nice to see a company not just respect the public domain, but do its best to make sure what belongs there is properly included.
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