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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


over book
Google will proceed with
efforts to digitize entire
'U' library collection
Daily Staff Reporter
Google's plan to digitize every bound book in
some of the nation's largest libraries and make
them available online has cleared whatcould have
been a major legal hurdle. The tech juggernaut
announced Tuesday that it has settled a lawsuit
filed by five publishing companies over Google's
right to use copyrighted material without prior
Introduced in December 2004, Google Book
Search scans images of books from the libraries
of the University ofMichigan, Harvard University
and the New York Public Library, among others,
and stores them online for users to access from
anywhere in the world.
In Tuesday's settlement, which is still pending
court approval, Google agreed to pay $125 million
to launch a Book Rights Registry and compensate
publishers and authors who argued that Google's
program violated copyright law.
University LibrarianPaul Courant said the Uni-
versity Library will now be able to continue digi-
tizing its collection in collaboration with Google
without fear of future legal intervention.
"What this settlement means is that they can
continue without worry to scan all of the remain-
ing works," he said. "And we can continue without
worry to receive copies that we'll be able to use to
help manage our collections, and to do research of
a kind that we wouldn't be able to do otherwise."
Courant said just under half of the University's
collection has been scanned. He said it would
take some time before the rest of those books,
See GOOGLE, Page 7A

David Wilson (left), Michigan co-chair of Catholics for McCain, discusses the upcoming presidential election with Obama surrogate Douglas Kmiec (right), of Pepperdine University, and modera-
tor Fr. Thomas McClain of St. Mary's Student Parish in the Michigan Union Ballroom yesterday.

Candidate stand-ins
debate in effort to sway
conflicted Catholics
Daily StaffReporter
Abortion and stem cell research were
two central issues on the minds of Cath-
olic voters at a mock debate held last
night in the Michigan Union.
During the debate, two members of
the Catholic Church stood in as surro-
gates for Presidential candidates John

McCain and Barack Obama in a final
push to reach undecided Catholic voters
on campus.
Doug Kmiec, the former dean of the
Catholic University of America School of
Law and a former adviser to Ronald Rea-
gan, spoke on behalf of Obama. David
Wilson is the co-chair of Catholics for
McCain in Michigan, and represented
the Republican nominee.
The "presidential forum" was labeled
as a conversation, though it unfolded
much like a presidential debate. Both
speakers gave opening and closing state-
ments,and addressed promptsregarding
a variety of topics including war, abor-

tion, health care and U.S. dependence on
oil. Father Tom McClain from St. Mary
Student Parish moderated.
The discussion largely circled around
the issues in "Faithful Citizenship,"
the United States Conference of Catho-
lic Bishops' election-year statement on
political responsibility, which is issued
as a guide for Catholic voters.
The audience of about 100 included
both students and Ann Arbor residents,
many of whom said they went to the
debate still uncertain about who they
would vote for on Tuesday.
The speakers sprinkled disparag-
ing remarks about the opposition into

exchanges throughout the debate, with
one of the most heated exchanges occur-
ring on the topic of embryonic stem cell
research. On Election Day, voters in
Michigan will decide on Proposal 2, a
ballot initiative that would loosen the
restrictions on embryonic stem cell
research in the state. Both candidates
support the research, a fact that is prob-
lematic for many pro-life Catholic vot-
"John McCain does support embry-
onic stem cell research for existing
lines, asI understand his position," Wil-
son said. "We as Catholics should have a

Nobel laureate
Tutu to speak on
campus today

Rising temperatures
lead Ohio's buckeyes
to invade Michigan

Human rights
W advocate is 18th
recipient of the
Wallenberg Medal
Daily StaffReporter
Outspoken South African
human rights advocate Archbishop
Desmond Tutu will speak at Hill
Auditorium Wednesday at 7:30
p.m. as this year's recipient of the
University's Wallenberg Medal.
John Godfrey, chair of the Wal-
lenberg Committee, said in an
e-mail interview that the Wal-
lenberg Executive Committee
selected Tutu to speak because he
exemplifies the medal's criteria,
which include integrity, heroism
and self-sacrifice in protecting
the prosecuted. He called Tutu
a "powerful and fearless spokes-
man against the cruel, brutal and
inhumane apartheid regime in

South Africa that for many decades
waged a ruthless campaign to sub-
jugate the non-white population."
"He continuestobe amajorvoice
for social justice, human rights and
reconciliation around the world,
and to speak on behalf of the poor
and persecuted," Godfrey said.
Tutu, who was awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, first
gained world recognition in the
1980s for his commitment to non-
violent resistance against 'apart-
heid policies in South Africa. He
was also the first black South
African Anglican Archbishop of
Cape Town. After the end of the
apartheid regime, Nelson Mandela
appointed Tutu as chair of South
Africa's Truth and Reconciliation
Commission to investigate the
atrocities that took place during
the apartheid years.
Today, Tutu speaks out on a
variety of topics including poverty,
health care and democracy, with a
special focus on developing coun-
See TUTU, Page 7A

Group uses rivalry
to boost awareness
of environment
Daily StaffReporter
Thanks to global warming,
some Michigan residents might
be seeing more reminders of the
Ohio State Buckeyes than they'd
Experts say higher tempera-
tures are causing the buckeye
tree, native to Ohio and the mas-
cot of Ohio State University, to
grow further north into Michi-
"Until now, these seeds may
have arrived in Michigan, but
they haven't been able to grow
because it's been too cold," said
Ines Ibanez, an assistant pro-
fessor in the School of Natural
Resources and Environment.
"But now with global warming
they're able to grow."
A group called the Stop the
Buckeye Coalition, endorsed

by the American Lung Associ-
ation of Michigan and Michi-
gan's branch of the National
Farmers Union, has formed to
use the invasion of the buck-
eye tree'to draw attention to
global warming. The campaign
kicked off last week at,the Uni-
versity's Dearborn campus. It
uses ads, billboards and peti-
tions to educate people about
global warming and its effect
on Michigan.
The petition urges the next
president and the new Congress
to support legislation that would
promote use of alternative energy
in Michigan. The coalition hopes
to see an 80 percent reduction by
2050 in the pollution said to cause
climate change.
Coalition spokeswoman Amy
McCusker, a University alum,
said the growth of buckeye trees
in Michigan uses the rivalry
between states and colleges to
shed light on the larger problem
of global warming.
"To be honest with you, as
Wolverines, we don't want
See TREES, Page 7A

ANGLuCcucRE/D aily
Michigan Student Assembly President Sabrina Shingwani, dressed as Superman
and Vice President Arvind Sohoni, dressed as one of the lincredibles, led debate
on a resolution to support the loosening of restrictions on embryonic stem cell
research in the state yesterday FOR MORE, SEE PAGE 7A.


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