Publishing Group Asks Google To Stop Digitizing Books

    July 15, 2005

Another group is not satisfied with Google’s effort to digitize books for their Google Print for Libraries and has joined in the voices asking them to cease these activities.

As reported by MarketingVOX, the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publisher (ALPSP) is requesting Google stop their absolutely huge book digitization project in their efforts to populate the Google Print for Libraries index. The ALPSP is an organization made up of nonprofit publishers, academia members and university presses. They’ve also released a PDF that details their position:

Google Print for Libraries’, on the other hand, was apparently developed without any consultation with publishers. It entails making complete digital copies of publications, including – in the case of some of the participating libraries – works which are still in copyright.

Irrespective of whether the results may be damaging or beneficial to the copyright owners, the fact remains that copying on such a scale is in clear contravention of copyright law and is not covered by any exception in any relevant legislation. Permitting publishers to opt out’ is not an acceptable substitute for proper licensing in the first place; while we appreciate that publisher by publisher negotiations could be impractical, by working through representative trade organisations, or even collective licensing agencies, it should be possible to negotiate a workable licensing framework.

This is not the first complaint Google as had to face since their announcement of their Google Print for Libraries program, as Jason’s article points out.

Chris Richardson is a search engine writer and editor for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest search news.