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Google's digital library suspended

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posted on Aug, 15 2005 @ 09:19 AM
Google has been trying to scan 15 million books that are at the libraries at Harvard, Stanford and the University of Michigan. They are attempting to make these publications available on-line.
Now, controversy of copywrite infringement questions, Google has halted this 10 year project at least until November.
Google is now requesting that authors who object or wish to withold their works identify what they (the authors) wish to copywrite protect.
Started in last December, the project means to spend ten years in scanning more than 15 million books from libraries at Harvard, Stanford and the University of Michigan into its computers to build the world largest digitalized library online. By then people will be able to read the full text of large amounts of valuable academic documents, and the project is lauded by New York Times "a big step in global virtual libraries".

But the project, when just started, came under charges of copyright violation. Opponents including the Association of American University Presses believe that this program will bring a large-scale and systematic copyright violation, since Google has dropped a hint that it will scan copyright protected books from these libraries. The Association of American Publishers once asked Google to suspend its project for six months to solve copyright related problems.

Although Google took some measures: to provide full text of only works in public domain, that is, those on which copyrights have expired; but for books still under copyright protection, Google will scan the full text into its computer but only provide a searchable summary online. But publishers still hold that Google has no right to copy full text of books with copyrights and save them, in large amounts, into its own data bank.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

On the surface, the making of these works is an admirable undertaking. It is the goal that we have all read and dream about, the internet being a true source of all information.
Unfortunately, it does trample on the copywrite protections of those who have published any works be it written, or in song or the TV / movie medias.
I would love to see Google finish this as well as loading up all other works to make the "dream" a reality.

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[edit on 19-8-2005 by asala]

posted on Aug, 15 2005 @ 10:23 AM
All Google has to do is to buy one copy of each book that is being disputed and make sure that no more than one person can access the book at any time. Then the same laws that allow libraries to function should cover them. It would make for an interesting court case.

posted on Aug, 20 2005 @ 10:20 PM
That's a fantastic point, JIMC.
I'd love to hearthat one played out.

Writers should realize that, like p2p programs have for independant labels i.e. good labels, this will actually promote the authors' works, and make it available to many, many more people, who are likely to buy it rather than stay online to read it.

posted on Sep, 22 2005 @ 09:47 AM
Just an update to the story:
There is a new suit by British autors that is seeking to stp Google's undertaking:

The comments came after it emerged that the Authors Guild, which represents 8,000 authors, has filed a lawsuit against Google, accusing the internet company of “massive copyright infringements” at the expense of the rights of individual writers. The suit, filed in a district court in New York, demands damages and an injunction against further alleged infringements.

Publishers throw the book at Google

posted on Sep, 22 2005 @ 02:33 PM

Today we learned that the Authors Guild filed a lawsuit to try to stop Google Print. We regret that this group chose to sue us over a program that will make millions of books more discoverable to the world -- especially since any copyright holder can exclude their books from the program. What’s more, many of Google Print’s chief beneficiaries will be authors whose backlist, out of print and lightly marketed new titles will be suggested to countless readers who wouldn’t have found them otherwise.

My money's on google. This is such a huge undertaking, and such an amazing project. This is the kind of thing the world of books, literacy, and education could really use. It's really something to be in awe of.

posted on Sep, 22 2005 @ 02:36 PM
I for one am 100% behind Google on this.
I really am surprised at the flack that this project has gotten.
I understand about copywrite infringement as well as intellectual property but the rules that govern these works that allow them to be in public libraries should also govern the works on the net.

posted on Sep, 23 2005 @ 07:21 PM
As a writer, I would be sooo happy if I found my paper or book had xxxx hits. It would be exciting. The author would be more well known, and his/her next book would be looked out for. I think that people need to relax, google is not out to break laws and screw people over. It is just another brilliant idea that will be with the ranks of the FREE google earth program.

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