EU to begin online library project

By Derek Sooman on
Google and Yahoo are already in efforts to provide an internet library project, but now the European Commission has announced similar plans as well. In this case, the EU is likely to be very successful, since any copyright laws which might hamper Google and Yahoo can be changed for the EU's efforts.

The Commission wants to put Europe’s cultural heritage on the internet by turning books, photos, records and films into a massive digital library. It has launched a consultation that invites suggestions for legislative measures that could facilitate the digitisation and subsequent accessibility of copyright material while respecting the legitimate interests of authors.
The Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding believes that the existence of such an internet library project is paramount to the collective memory and identity of Europe, and there will be efforts to make the material in Europe’s libraries and archives accessible to all.

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