Tech blog io9 has an eye-opening article about the coming Google Books settlement and what it would mean for copyright law and the digitized searching thereof. The article also provides a broad background about copyright law in general, and is indispensable to the ebook conversation. As the io9 site introduces:
If you care about the future of books, you need to understand the Google Book Settlement. It's a complicated legal document, but we've talked to some of its architects, detractors, and defenders - and break it all down for you.
Source Link: 5 Ways the Google Books Settlement Will Change The Future of Reading