Google Takes A Break From Print

    August 15, 2005
    Chris Crum

The highly-criticized Google Print Library project has been put on hold until Novemeber. Google will use this break to find out which copyright holders don’t want their property included in the project.

According to the project’s product manager, Adam M. Smith, most major publishers in the U.S. and the U.K. have agreed to participate, but the Association of American Publishers (AAP) is one group that has its problems with the project.

Google Takes A Break From Print

The AAP isn’t satisfied with Google just taking a break to find out which publishers will cooperate. “Google’s announcement does nothing to relieve the publishing industry’s concerns,” said Patricia Schroeder, AAP’s President and CEO.

The AAP’s biggest problem with the Google Print Library Project is that the responsibility of trying to avoid copyright infringement goes to the holder of the copyright. Publishers have to work to keep their property out of the project.

“Google’s procedure shifts the responsibility for preventing infringement to the copyright owner rather than the user, turning every principle of copyright law on its ear,” said Schroeder.

Google plans to digitally copy every piece from three major libraries unless they are denied permission on certain works by copyright owners.

“We were confident that by working together, Google and publishers could have produced a system that would work for everyone, and regret that Google has decided not to work with us on our alternative proposal.”

Chris is a staff writer for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest ebusiness news.