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The concept of “books” is undergoing transformation as attempts are made to digitize them and make them available online. A new copyright system needs to be created that can accommodate this trend while upholding the rights of authors and publishers.

Google Inc., an Internet service giant, is constructing a large digital book database in cooperation with publishing houses and libraries. The project makes classic titles available for download online. Users of Sony Corp.’s e-book readers can now access 1 million titles through Google’s public domain free of charge.

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