The Library of Babel is a database of millions of random strings of text. Among this randomness, passages from other sources inevitably appear, such as the book of Genesis or works by Shakespeare, or this question. You can also search the library for specific strings.

If a copyrighted work appears in the database, is it breaching copyright? If not, can I use that text without breaching copyright (provided I indicate my source is the Library of Babel)?

You can find the Library of Babel at https://libraryofbabel.info/

  • My question starts on the 18th line of the linked text, by the way. – Pablo Derbez Sep 27 '15 at 18:41
  • Do any actual complete works appear? Ive looked at it before and despite it claiming that because of all the permutations of random letters one or more exact works will of course appear, I don't see any, at least not in their full form. I don't even see actual excerpts. Everything is garbled just words in meaningless strings. Looking at 18th line down I'm not seeing anything but random words and letters. What does it say? – gracey209 Sep 27 '15 at 22:06
  • The text is identical to my question. It goes: (random words)...The library of babel is a database... – Pablo Derbez Sep 27 '15 at 22:10
  • Ok, I though it might be that....I have it on 22nd line...may depend on monitor size – gracey209 Sep 27 '15 at 22:31
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    @gracey209 i found several hits for the entire last four lines of "Begin the Beguine." – phoog Sep 30 '15 at 16:07

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