Thursday, October 20, 2005

Google is Being Sued . . . Again

Another group has filed suit against Google, demanding a court order to stop the search engine company from scanning copyrighted books as a part of their library project.

You'll remember that, last month, the Authors Guild filed suit over the book scanning project.

Now the Association of American Publishers has also filed a lawsuit against Google.

Google halted the project two months ago, saying that they would resume on November 1. It will be interesting to see if they keep to that schedule.

Google has repeatedly said that they do not intend to allow public access to any more than the excerpts which would be permitted under U.S. copyright law for book reviews. They have argued that their project is likely to provoke interest in books long out of print or the public eye.

An open source company, Google seeks the broadest possible access to the world's knowledge. They already have agreements with five of the world's libraries (including Harvard and Oxford) to scan their collections.

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