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May 24, 2005
Google's Scan Plan Draws Critics
As I noted yesterday, Google's plan to produce a massive digital library is likely to arouse some ire. Today's AP story (here on Globeandmail.com) tells of objections from a group of academic publishers.
The association of nonprofit publishers is seeking information about how Google plans to protect copyrights, and is raising concerns because two publishers who have asked to have their material excluded from the project have not received any response from Google.
The issue is complicated, since Google's plans include scanning both works in and out of copyright, but only showing bibliographic information and excerpts from copyrighted works. Google also seems to say that copyright holders can have their works excluded from the project, but has not apparently responded to actual requests to do so.
My guess is that this will likely be settled amicably in a short time but it highlights how uncertain the entire area has become and perhaps gives a preview of the troubles that may occur when for-profit publishers become involved.
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