A very straightforward and readable overview of the issues surrounding Google’s book scanning project appeared in yesterdays Financial Times : Books : A plan to scan.
A prime focus of the analysis is the Orphan Works issue, books that fall under copyright guidelines but have no clear indication of who the actual copyright holder is. A chart detailing the number of orphan works in existence is an excellent example of providing just the right amount of information in a very readable way (note the use of Google’s colors):
There is also an interesting accompanying article on the European reaction to the issue.
thanks to Jim Campbell for posting about this on Web4Lib!