Amazon, Yahoo reject Google subpoenas

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 2:38 pm

Amazon and Yahoo have now both responded to Google’s subpoenas regarding their work on book digitization projects, and both have given the same basic response: you can see our confidential documents when you pry them from our cold, dead hands. Amazon even went so far as to suggest that, instead of proprietary information, Google could learn all it needs to know from some press releases.

The current unpleasantness is a result of Google’s own legal difficulties with the Authors Guild, which is suing the search giant over its decision to digitize copyrighted books and make them a part of its Google Book Search project. The Guild contends that this has to happen on an “opt-in” basis in which copyright owners must explicitly give Google permission to do the scanning and indexing. Google claims that the current opt-out system is both fair and legal.

Source: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20061130-8324.html


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