The bookless digital libraries of the future are already on their way. CNET’s Stefanie Olsen writes in ZDNET News on “The college library of tomorrow” that book digitization has been well under way for some time, but that the major problem in digitizing books is the law:
“Yet the biggest challenge to digitizing libraries are the concerns of publishers and intellectual property rights holders. Copyright laws have changed over time and can be different outside the United States. As a result, many book-digitization projects must entail copious amounts of time researching the rights of works and obtaining permissions.”
Here again, sensible legislation concerning this inevitable development is once again lacking in the US Congress and elsewhere among the world’s civilized nations.