What's New: Google Sued over Google Print

The Authors Guild and three other writers filed a class action suit on Tuesday charging Google with copyright infringement. Google is testing a new service, Google Print, that seeks to scan in and index books from several libraries, and provide them online in a searchable database. While Google lets authors opt out of this service, they must actively notify Google of that desire. Traditional copyright law says Google - if it does need permission - must obtain permission before making copyrighted works available. The issue is a sticky one since Google has traditionally provided a searchable database of publicly accessible web pages, which presumably the authors want to be public information.

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2005 12:46 pm CDT

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