Friday, September 23, 2005

Authors Sue Google Over Digitization Project

It has been a very busy week for Google Print.

The Authors Guild, a group that represents thousands of American authors, filed a class action lawsuit against Google in which it asks for damages and an injunction aimed at preventing the company from continuing its ambitious digitization project which began around one year ago. The Guild accuses Google of massive copyright violation, claiming Google cannot make available books for commercial use without permission.

As part of the Google Print project, Google plans to scan all or parts of the book collections of the University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford University, the New York Public Library and Oxford University. Google would then make those texts searchable on Google and sell ads on the Web pages.

There has been a huge amount of material on the copyright controversy that has erupted.

Here is some of that material to help you find your way:

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 9:48 pm


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