Outofpaper
One software designers attempt to grow up.

By Alexander Somma
My favourite web site Archive.org has just been covered on Mercurynews. They're trying to have google share its database with them.
MercuryNews.com | 08/11/2004 | Digitize and conquer: "Web is growing at about 20 terabytes of compressed data a month, which is manageable, Kahle said.

Sure, getting copyrighted material has its challenges, especially music and videos. But he's chipping away where he can.

Driving Kahle is the conviction that the world's information is a common good.

In that spirit, he also has asked Google to furnish him with a copy of its database, say with a six-month delay so Google's competitiveness doesn't suffer.

Google has yet to grant his request. But Kahle hopes the company will come around, especially in light of its claim that it wants to have a positive impact on the world. A Google spokeswoman declined to comment.

He learned a tough lesson when search engine Infoseek initially agreed to give him a copy of its database. When Infoseek went bankrupt, though, the lawyers didn't follow through. So Kahle is adamant that Google should act soon.

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