France To Spend $1.1 Billion Digitizing Its Works

The French government has committed $1.1 billion toward the digitization of French literary works.  I wrote about the promise of Canada doing the same in 2005, for a fraction of that cost.


  1. Gibson Library Connections
    My company has made a small step in this direction with our Canadian Electronic Library, ( which has been produced without government assistance and in the face of government resistance (in the form of crown copyright.) We’d like to get sued for our violations in this area, but have had no luck to date. Any crown prosecutors out there with nothing to do are welcome to take up the challenge. All the public documents we harvest are made available free at

  2. Vincent Clement says:

    Google wanted to do it for free. What a waste of taxpayer money.

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