Google Faculty Research Awards are highly competitive prizes made by the US company to support world-class faculty performing cutting-edge research in computer science, engineering, and related fields. The grant will enable MaurizioBorghi to appoint a PhD researcher to work on legal and policy aspects of his project.
Maurizio Borghi has argued in his book Copyright and Mass Digitization (Oxford University Press, 2013 – co-authored with Stavroula Karapapa) that private companies engaged in digitization of cultural heritage, like Google, have a duty to make the digitized content not only accessible to the public, but also available for use and re-use to the benefit of society at large. His work aims at developing efficient mechanisms for clearing copyright on cultural items, based on crowd-sourcing and public participation. Google Books, with its unprecedented reach of texts in every language, is the ideal platform to experiment innovative solutions for right clearance.