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Yahoo has thrown its weight behind a San Francisco group that hopes to develop an online library of digitized texts and films in the public domain, available for download and reuse in high-resolution formats.

Yahoo is one of a number of organizations supporting the Open Content Alliance, which plans to set up an online archive of existing digital collections of books and films, as well as to add new works to the archive.

Some of the works will be released under one or other of the Creative Commons licenses, which allow artistic works to be distributed or reused under certain conditions.

The Open Content Alliance's digital library is not the only one under construction. Google is building another, Google Print, for which it plans to digitize millions of books, including some still covered by copyright.

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