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Google to Resume Project of Scanning, Placing Books Online

Copyright holders beware?

12:59 am on Sep 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"With Google's book-scanning program set to resume in earnest this fall, copyright laws that long preceded the Internet look to be headed for a digital-age test."


"Google has unilaterally set this rule: Publishers can tell it which books not to scan at all, similar to how Web site owners can request to be left out of search engine indexes. In August, the company halted the scanning of copyright books until Nov. 1, saying it wanted to give publishers time to compile their lists."

I just wonder how that works. Can a publisher simply say, "Don't copy any of my books!" or do they have give them a list of each and every book they donít want copied? I can't see how Google has any right to say that publishers must opt out. If it was such a great deal for everyone (as Google claims) then publishers would be lining up to be included not pissed off about it.