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posted by Fnord666 on Tuesday July 17 2018, @01:45PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the one-less-excuse dept.

The Internet Achive's Open Library has over 40 million full-text, searchable, electronic editions of books. The full-text search for all 4+ million books has just been made available. This includes not just books that have entered the public domain but also close to half a million others. Though the press release is weak on technical details, exploring the advanced search interface quickly make clear which capabilities are available.


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Publishers Sue the Internet Archive Over its Open Library, Declare it a Pirate Site

Several major publishers have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in a New York court targeting the Internet Archive's Open Library. According to the complaint, the project is a massive and willful infringement project that amounts to little more than a regular pirate site.

Back in March, the Internet Archive responded to the coronavirus pandemic by offering a new service to help "displaced learners".

Combining scanned books from three libraries, the Archive offered unlimited borrowing of more than a million books, so that people could continue to learn while in quarantine.

While the move was welcomed by those in favor of open access to education, publishers and pro-copyright groups slammed the decision, with some describing it as an attempt to bend copyright law and others declaring the project as mass-scale piracy.

Today, major publishers Hachette Book Group, Inc., HarperCollins Publishers LLC, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and Penguin Random House LLC went to war with the project by filing a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Internet Archive and five 'Doe' defendants in a New York court.

Complaint (PDF).

See also: Lawsuit over online book lending could bankrupt Internet Archive

Previously: Internet Archive's Open Library Now Supports Full-Text Searches for All 4+ Million Items
Internet Archive Suspends E-Book Lending "Waiting Lists" During U.S. National Emergency
Authors Fume as Online Library "Lends" Unlimited Free Books
University Libraries Offer Online "Lending" of Scanned In-Copyright Books


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  • (Score: 2) by realDonaldTrump on Tuesday July 17 2018, @01:54PM (6 children)

    by realDonaldTrump (6614) on Tuesday July 17 2018, @01:54PM (#708326) Homepage Journal

    The story says over 40 million books. And it says 4+ million. Like saying I have over 10 billion dollars. And I have 1+ billion dollars. It's a very special way to talk. And it's a funny way to talk.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by FatPhil on Tuesday July 17 2018, @01:59PM

      by FatPhil (863) <reversethis-{if.fdsa} {ta} {tnelyos-cp}> on Tuesday July 17 2018, @01:59PM (#708329) Homepage
      And if there were nearly 10 editions of the average book? You seem to have overlooked the important word that makes the statement make sense. Very fitting.
      --
      I know I'm God, because every time I pray to him, I find I'm talking to myself.
    • (Score: 3, Funny) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday July 17 2018, @04:25PM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 17 2018, @04:25PM (#708396) Homepage Journal

      I visited the archive. All that electronic dust collecting on those old books gave me a sneezing fit. Think I'll stick with the newer stuff.

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      Make an actual interesting, germane, and relevant point and you may get away with Flamebait - 'Zumi
    • (Score: 4, Funny) by DannyB on Tuesday July 17 2018, @04:35PM (1 child)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 17 2018, @04:35PM (#708405) Journal

      You can improve the comprehensibility of your speeches by using Google to suggest the next word in a series of words. I think you will find it helpful.

      Dogs are people too just like corporations my friend jeffrey dahmer said with two llamas on the loose in philadelphia that he was obsessed chasing and it was okay.

      Now that we're men in tights with shorts in summer and short sleeves and a blue dress formal for mental health awareness month colors.

      Spot the difference between dementia and alzheimer's society jobs of computational neuroscience conference attendees list royal wedding.

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      OMG! There are roving gangs going door to door FORCING people to get vaccinated!
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 18 2018, @03:32PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 18 2018, @03:32PM (#708825)

        Don't give us any more of the Trump-talk, please ...

    • (Score: 2) by captain normal on Tuesday July 17 2018, @05:32PM

      by captain normal (2205) on Tuesday July 17 2018, @05:32PM (#708424)

      And if anyone knows funny ways to talk....

    • (Score: 3, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 17 2018, @08:40PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 17 2018, @08:40PM (#708512)

      The story says over 40 million books.

      And think it's a safe bet you haven't read any of them!

  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 17 2018, @02:21PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 17 2018, @02:21PM (#708332)

    Finally the world's largest collection of erotic fiction is searchable in full.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 18 2018, @12:51PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 18 2018, @12:51PM (#708747)

      Mistaking it for TPB you are

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