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    Re: Almanac errors
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2008 Mar 11, 01:51 -0400

    Wolfgang, you wrote:
    "This is very strange. As you can see from the screen capture, there is no
    download option on the page that I can access. Looks like google books
    differentiates between users in different places
    (continents?jurisdictions?). "
    Ok. That rings a bell now. There was some legal injunction a year or two
    ago. Apparently Google goes by the American copyright law which states that
    when you scan an old book, which is itself out of copyright, you do not
    acquire copyright in the scan. As I understand it, in Europe and some other
    countries, you can claim copyright over the scan even though it adds no
    creative content. Probably this particular book was scanned by some European
    library (Oxford maybe? that's listed as the source). So Google checks your
    IP address, and if it's in the EU you don't get to see all the books --at
    least not until European legal authorities stop threatening to sue Google.
    They've got a business presence in many European countries, so it's a real
    risk for them.
    Google has scanned or acquired scans of an enormous number of books and most
    are only available in "snippet view" even here in the US. Those are books
    that are under full copyright protection. Some publishers have then granted
    rights to publish long excerpts from their copyrighted books. Those are the
    "Limited Preview" books.
    Has someone else provided you with a copy of Souchon? I don't think anyone
    will sue me over a 125-year-old astronomy book. And I have no business
    presence over there :-).
    PS: I just had a thought. Does Oxford have an online download service? If
    they scanned it, then even under the more restrictive interpretation, they
    can choose to make it available online.
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