Answered By: Gloria Korsman
Last Updated: Aug 05, 2015     Views: 7

While Harvard insisted on strict copyright compliance and had guidelines about the physical condition of the material, the decision to scan or not scan our out-of-copyright material was largely left to Google.

There are many Google books that are accessible only in the U.S.  This is usually because of local copyright law, books that have been deemed out of copyright in the US but not necessarily in other countries. As a result, Google tends to interpret copyright conservatively and restricts access to inside the U.S. The limitation has been put in place by Google and not by Harvard. 

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