Google puts a hold on Book copying

By Derek Sooman on
Google has unfortunately suspended its efforts to scan copyrighted books from libraries into its searchable index. The company said that it would wait until November before resuming the work, in order to give publishers time to say which titles they don't want copied. However, there is some concern that Google is violating copyrights by scanning books without permission.

"We're very wary about what the precedent is for the entire intellectual property world because if Google can do this, the whole world can do this," said Patricia Schroeder, president of the Assn. of American Publishers.

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