8/12/2005

Google pauses library project

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 1:58 pm

Google will temporarily stop scanning copyright-protected books from libraries into its database, the company said late Thursday.

The company’s library project, launched in December, involves the scanning of out-of-print and copyright works so that their text can be found through the search engine’s database. Google is working on the project with libraries at Stanford University, Harvard University and other schools.

The plan has come under fire from several groups, including publishers, who object to what they claim are violations of their copyrights.

Google said on its blog late Thursday that, following discussions with “publishers, publishing industry organizations and authors,” it will stop scanning in copyright-protected until November, while it makes changes to its Google Print Publisher Program.

Source: News.com

 

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