89.1 WEMU

Digital Library Partnership Including University of Michigan Wins Court Case

Jun 18, 2014

The HathiTrust Digital Library has been cleared of accusations of copyright infringement by a Federal Appeals Court. The University of Michigan is part of this collaboration of over 90 libraries and universities that are compiling digital information on nearly every topic throughout history.  

Credit HathiTrust Digital Library

The ruling says full-text search of protected work is allowable.  Executive Director Mike Furlough says the collection includes items that have previously been challenging to share.  This includes millions of unpublished manuscripts, hand written documents, video, and audio collections.  

According to Furlough the digital library allows people to search concepts not just words.  It also provides access for blind people and others with print disabilities.

Like 89.1 WEMU on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.