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One-hundred-ifteen years of edioralfreedom
www.mhcgandaily.com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXVI, No. 25 x2005 The Michigan Daily
Full text of library books in public domain
available on website; lawsuit still looms over
Google's digitization of copyrighted works
By Gabe Nelson
Daily Staff Reporter
Google released the full text of more than 10,000 books, thousands
of which came from the University's libraries, on its Google Print
The University is part of the Google Print Library Project along with
Harvard, Stanford, Oxford and the New York Public Library, all of which
are providing Google with access to their libraries. Google's ultimate goal
is to make all of the world's books readily available and searchable online.
But the legality of Google's enterprise is in question because copyright
law protects many of the volumes Google hopes to release online. The
Authors Guild and five publishing houses have sued Google because it
plans to provide limited access to copyrighted books.
The books that went online yesterday had expired copyrights.
While the entire text of copyrighted materials will be searchable, Google
plans to only display the term being searched for within the document and
the sentences preceding and following it for context. Google argues that
this is permissible under fair use of copyrighted materials and will not take
money away from the copyright holders.
"It's a great big balancing act, and that's what the courts will be consider-
ing," Wilkin said.
University President Mary Sue Coleman supported Google in an opin-
ion piece in The Washington Post.
The University will continue its association with Google regardless of
the legal squabbles, officials say.
"We stand behind Google," University spokeswoman Kelly Cunning-
ham said. "We entered the partnership with Google believing (Google
Print) is completely legal, completely fair and does not infringe on copy-
Associate University Librarian John Wilkin said Google approached
the University for the project because Google co-founder Larry Page,
a University alum, had long expressed interest in digitizing his alma
To expedite the copying of University books, Google has a separate
copying facility in the state, Wilkin said.
Google hopes to eventually copy all of the nearly 7 million volumes
in the University's libraries - whether under copyright or in the public
The Authors Guild argues that by releasing the scanned books, Google
takes money out of the hands of writers.
"It's been tradition in this country to believe in property rights," Authors
Guild president Nick Taylor wrote in The Washington Post. "When did we
decide that socialism was the way to run the Internet?"
* Many of the volumes in Buhr Shelving Facility, a University facility for
storing books that are out of circulation, have been copied so far, and those
in the public domain are available on the Google Print website, Cunning-
Included in the volumes are many long-forgotten articles of histori-
"When you go through stacks systematically, treasures turn up, things
that people had forgotten about," Wilkin said.
The treasures include a copy of "The Private Correspondence of Benja-
min Franklin," published in 1818 and "The Emigrant's Guide," a series of
letters from 1828 addressed to English natives considering immigration to
the United States. Cunningham said the items also include travel accounts,
Civil War regimental histories and French- and German-language books.
But Google is not only interested in the University's extensive research
library. The University is a leader in digital conversion technology and pio-
neered much of the technology Google uses, Cunningham said.
See GOOGLE, Page 7
PHOTOS BY TREVOR CAMPBELL/ Daily
RIGHT: Ludacris performs to an energetic crowd at Hill
Auditorium last night. The concert was sponsored by Hil-
lei, the Michigan Student Assembly and the University
ABOVE: One Be Lo puts in a 25-minute set to open the
stage for the night.
l 'cts a oofor Luacris
By Evan McGarvey
Daily Music Editor
You could probably write a pretty decent sociology
paper about the crowd at Hill Auditorium for Ludac-
ris's performance last night.
Old, graying ushers taking tickets from 20-year old
guys in jerseys and hats.
High school kids with parents in tow.
Cheering masses of college kids - of all ages and
colors - chanting along verbatim as Ludacris tore
through bundles of Top 40 hits.
Cousin Dre from Detroit's 102.7, the radio person-
ality who acted as the night's master of ceremonies,
taunted the crowd from his usual shtick before awk-
wardly shifting into shout outs for the University chap-
ter of Hillel, the University Activities Committee and
Michigan Student Assembly.
Small moments like these are what made the great
rap experiment at Hill so compelling. But thankfully,
and most importantly, it was a completely successful
night for the artist and his music.
Hill's acoustics were Luda's right-hand man; the
bass stayed surreally crisp on his set opening "Number
One Spot." Each loop on "The Potion," a Timbaland-
produced, textured jam from last year's The Red Light
District, was firm and distinct.
The bass never squashed any of the higher-pitched
drum loops on the songs. Luda's voice, adroit and
booming on record, hit even harder live. Even without
any real "political" slant to his rhymes - probably the
most socially responsible thing Ludacris stands for is
See LUDACRIS, Page 5
tring of laptop thefts strikes libraries
By Rachel Kruer
Daily Staff Reporter
A recent wave of laptop thefts from cam-
pus buildings may have been perpetrated by
a band of clean-cut people who resemble
students, campus police say.
"People don't suspect them because the
perpetrators successfully meld into our
student population," said Diane Brown,
spokeswoman for the Department of Public
About 22 laptops were stolen from cam-
pus property in September and October.
DPS is investigating the thefts but has not
"People don't suspect them because
the perpetrators successfully meld
into our student population."
- Diane Brown
According to DPS briefings, thieves stole
seven more laptops in October.
The main scenes of the crimes - the
Hatcher Graduate Library and the Shapiro
Undergraduate Library, both common study
areas for students - were the location of
11 of the thefts in September and three in
Many of the thefts could have been avoid-
ed, Brown said. They usually occur when
students leave their laptops in a study area to
field a phone call or use the restroom.
DPS has increased patrols in the libraries
to combat the problem, Brown said.
See LAPTOPS, Page 7
named any suspects.
The University is offering $500 dollars
for information leading to the arrest and
prosecution of the perpetrators.
According to DPS statistics, laptop thefts
on campus have increased drastically com-
pared with the same timeframe during the
previous year. This September, 15 laptops
were reported stolen. Only one was stolen
during the same month last year.
. Center unites campus
W * Michigan Comprehensive
Diabetes Center serves as
By Deepa Pendse
For the Daily
Two University researchers, working on a
similar area in the field of diabetes, did not
consult with each other about their work, miss-
ing an opportunity to share their advancements
and learn from each other's research.
"(It was a) simple lack of knowledge as to
who's in the lab next door," said Peter Arvan,
head of the University's Metabolism, Endocri-
nology and Diabetes Division.
To solve that problem, the University has
nnnd a new center that unites several cam-
of diabetes in the country. In 2002 alone, about
590,000 adults in the state were diagnosed with
the disease, according to the Michigan Depart-
ment of Community Health.
"Coordination of diabetes care and research
is going to be increasingly important as the
epidemic of Type 2 diabetes and its compli-
cations continue to grow in Michigan," said
Frank Brosius, head of the University's Ani-
mal Models of Diabetes Complications Con-
sortium, part of the MCDC. "I wish this had
been developed a decade ago."
Eva Feldman, director of the Juvenile Dia-
betes Research Foundation Center for the
Study of Complications in Diabetes, now part
of MCDC, said the center will help to increase
communication among researchers about the
most recent findings.
A nortion of a $44-million donation by
Students worry about not graduating on
time, lecturers about losing their jobs after
Dearborn campus slashes course offerings
By Ryan Schreiber
Daily Dearborn Bureau
DEARBORN - With bullhorn chants piercing the mild Novem-
ber air, students, teachers and faculty members of the University's
Dearborn campus rallied yesterday to show their opposition to the
administration's proposed winter-semester course cuts.
"They say cut back - we say fight back!" shouted Bonnie Hal-
loran, a Dearborn anthropology professor and president of the Lec-
turers' Employee Organization.