September 07, 2005
Google Expands Project to 14 Countries
A previous post discussed the "Google Print for Libraries" project and Google's announcement to temporarily suspend scanning of copyrighted material. Google halted scanning of these materials to allow publishers to opt out of the project.
While the project of scanning copyrighted material apparently remains suspended, Google recently rolled out stand-alone book search services in 14 countries. It appears that Google is not retreating from its plan to scan every book in the world.
The announcement prompted the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA) to join publishers and trade organizations in protesting Google's opt out policy. TAA's executive director commented:
Google is putting the burden on publishers and other copyright holders to opt-out of having their works digitized and placed in the online library, an onerous requirement.
Google stated that the project will serve to "make . . . books more visible and well-promoted worldwide, so they can reach distribution wherever [readers] are."
[Meredith R. Miller]
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