Authors Guild v Google Inc: The 2015 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Decision and its Effects on Mass Digitization Initiatives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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There is a growing trend among larger museums and heritage organizations to digitize their collections, both their artifact collections, and their collections of research publications and books. Some of these printed works are still under copyright, and some are in the public domain. Of those copyrighted works, some are owned by the organization, and some are not. This creates some significant legal hurdles for organizations wanting to digitize large collections on a massive scale. By looking at the recent legal case Google v. Authors’ Guild and the mass digitization projects at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this Master’s degree capstone study examines the emerging issues of mass digitization projects, and the marketing potential of making collections available online.