The University of Michigan, one of the universities who agreed to allow Google to digitize the books in its library, has defended Google against an association of publishers which has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the project. The University Record has a short write-up of a recent talk in Washington, D.C. by university President Mary Sue Coleman: “We also know that every book in our library, regardless of its copyright status today, will eventually fall into the public domain and be owned by society. As a public university, we have the unique task to preserve them all, and we will.” The university has a penchant for seeking the political limelight, having fought political foes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of Affirmative Action.
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