Duke collaborates with other universities to expand ebook access

Duke University is collaborating with Cornell, Emory and Johns Hopkins to provide greater access to scanned books published between 1923 and 1963.

They were able to do what Google hasn’t been able to because their library systems own print editions of the books.

“The reason the four of us are collaborating is we had to make the case to our general counsels and our provosts that this is legal,” said Kevin Smith, a Duke librarian and lawyer who handles intellectual property issues. “We collaborated to produce memos, and we made the arguments together.”

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