Google Print gets more opposition

By Derek Sooman on August 31, 2005, 8:02 PM
Google Print, the co-ordinated effort from Google to digitize and make public the content of several major libraries, has yet again hit some opposition from publishers, who continue to issue statements strongly opposing the service. The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) and the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) have voiced concerns that Google Print will lead to copyright-protected works being swept up in the rush to put content online, despite a moratorium on scanning of copyrighted books being in place. Google has recently made it clear that it would suspend the scanning of copyrighted works, but this has offered small comfort to publishers, who have little faith in the "opt-out" approach that Google has proposed.

Despite the opt-out clause, "The revised policy is virtually the same as the previous one," The AAUP wrote in a statement opposing the plan. "Google still asserts that it may make digital copies of all books in copyright, and that they will respect the copyrights only of those who supply Google with a list of books for which rights must be recognized. In other words, Google, an enormously successful company, claims a sweeping right to appropriate the property of others for its own commercial use unless it is told, case by case and instance by instance, not to."




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