Google Print Changes

Because of coyright concerns, the Google Print project is changing how it deals with copyrighted materials. Originally, Google wanted to scan all materials within the libraries they are working with. If the material is under copyright, then Google would display only a few sentences on either side of the search term. Now, however, Google has stopped scanning copyrighted materials and is letting publishers have time to let Google know which materials should not be scanned at all. They expect to resume scanning in November.

Publishers, however, see this as backward. They feel that Google should be asking them for permission to scan all copyrighted works. Ultimately, this may end up in court. An article at Internet Week provides the basics of the situation and also cites case law which may be considered. The author of the article seems to think that Google would win such a case.

[from Internet Week]


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