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Anger greets secret private Library and Archives Canada deal


OTTAWA — Confusion and anger over a major, secretly brokered deal between Library and Archives Canada and a private high-tech consortium heightened Wednesday amid damage-control efforts by archive officials who say the deal is a good one.

Details of the project, revealed late Tuesday by the Ottawa Citizen, would see Library and Archives hand over millions of publicly-owned books and documents to which, in exchange, will get a 10-year exclusive licence to sell it in sophisticated digital format.

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