[cc-it] Google Books adds Creative Commons license options

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Ven 14 Ago 2009 03:56:40 EDT

Google Books adds Creative Commons license options
Eric Steuer, August 13th, 2009

Some very exciting news for authors, publishers, and readers: Today, 
Google launched a program to enable rightsholders to make their Creative 
Commons-licensed books available for the public to download, use, remix, 
and share via Google Books.

The new initiative makes it easy for participants in Google Books’ 
Partner Program to mark their books with one of the six Creative Commons 
licenses (or the CC0 waiver). This gives authors and publishers a simple 
way to articulate the permissions they have granted to the public 
through a CC license, while giving people a clear indication of the 
legal rights they have to CC-licensed works found through Google Books.

The Inside Google Books post announcing the initiative talks a bit about 
what this all means:

We’ve marked books that rightsholders have made available under a CC 
license with a matching logo on the book’s left hand navigation
bar. People can download these books in their entirety and pass them 
along: to friends, classmates, teachers, and so on. And if the
rightsholder has chosen to allow people to modify their work, readers 
can even create a mashup–say, translating the book into Esperanto,
donning a black beret, and performing the whole thing to music on YouTube.

The project launched with a terrific starter collection of CC-licensed 
books that includes: 55 Ways to Have Fun with Google by Philipp Lenssen; 
Blown to Bits by Harold Abelson, Ken Ledeen, Harry R. Lewis; Bound by 
Law? by Keith Aoki, James Boyle, Jennifer Jenkins; Code: Version 2 by 
Lawrence Lessig; Democratizing Innovation by Eric von Hippel; Federal 
Budget Deficits: America’s great consumption binge by Paul Courant; The 
Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It by Jonathan Zittrain; Little 
Brother by Cory Doctorow; and A World’s Fair for the Global Village by 
Carl Malamud.

Stay tuned for further announcements – as the project expands to include 
more authors and publishers, Google Books plans to add the ability for 
people to restrict searches to books they can share, use, and remix.

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