Library Group Sends Questions To Google

    May 23, 2005

The Association of American University Presses sent a letter to Google today asking it to clarify …

… some problems they have with Google’s plans to scan massive amounts of books for inclusion in its search engine. It asks 16 questions about how Google plans to protect their copyrights and avoid stifling sales of their materials. The AAUP’s membership consists of 125 nonprofit publishers of academic journals and scholarly books.

Their executive director, Peter Givler, told the Associated Press that Google’s plan “appears to involve systematic infringement of copyright on a massive scale” and claims that Google has ignored the requests of two publishers to exclude its books from the scanning initiative.

Considering Google’s founders close links with the academic community, its likely they will try to resolve these complaints peaceably.

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