A bookmobile is traveling from San Francisco to Washington, DC to bring attention to a copyright case being argued before the Supreme Court on October 9th. There is a photo of the bookmobile and a mention of it towards the end of an article in today’s New York Times.
Stephen Levy profiled Prof. Laurence Lessig who will argue that a 1998 law extending copyrights by 20 years should be struck down. Lessig has a blog and wrote about finishing the brief. Levy has a follow-up piece in this week’s Newsweek.
I went to an open house before the Internet Archive Bookmobile left last week. They have been giving away public domain books available on the internet. The books are printed out and bound for a cost of about a buck a book. But unless the Supreme Court strikes down the law, no new books (or movies or songs) will enter the public domain for twenty years. An article previewed the Bookmobile’s visit to Akron, Ohio on Saturday.
Brewster Kahle who founded the Internet Archive and is driving the Bookmobile accompanied by his eight year old son hopes it will continue to travel and give away books after they return to San Francisco October 11th. He estimates it would cost about $100,000 a year to keep it on the road. One colorful sign on the van says Once Million Books Inside (coming soon) – there is a project to digitize a million books.