Libraries, Google Print, and the authors

Libraries, Google Print, and the authors

Google sometime back announced their plan to scan and make available content from the millions of books available in the top libraries around the world for search on the internet. However, they do not make the copyrighted books completely available for reading and just provide a snippet of information on the results page. Users can see related information and even a link where they can order the book for purchase.

However, their plans somewhat suffered a minor setback when the Author’s Guild sued the company claiming that they are breaking copyrights of the authors by scanning books without their permissions. And there are increasing doubts in the market that the case can soon result in the involvement of the contributing libraries who would than be hesitant to be open to such a program.

The author’s guild has not made the involved libraries a part of their lawsuits but if they win the case, it might result in further legal hassles for them. If that happens, the entire program envisioned by the search engine giant may collapse. Some of the contributing libraries for this program in the current stage are: University of Michigan, Stanford University, Harvard University, University of Oxford and the New York Public Library system.

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