German Publishers Fight Google Print

    October 24, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

As publisher and author conflicts with Google heat up on the legal front over Google Print, publishers in Germany plan to avoid the problem by starting their own network.

German Publishers Fight Google Print
Germany Stands Against Google Print Initiative

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Lawsuits filed by the Authors Guild and the American Association of Publishers show that not everyone in the literary world is ready to be part of Google’s vision of a modern Library of Alexandria. Google had announced a moratorium on further scanning until November 1.

German publishers plan a local effort to replicate Google’s plans, Reuters reported. By establishing a network, search engine, and index of their works, German publishers believe they can better protect the copyrights of their works.

Almost 100 publishers will be part of the project, which will eventually include online book borrowing, due to begin next April. The project will permit outside sources, including Google, to search the repository online. But the full text of the books will only be placed on servers controlled by the individual publishers in the project.

Google has always contended its efforts fall under doctrines of fair use, that it is scanning books long out of print, and that its work is no different than indexing web sites or people recording television programs to watch at a future time.

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