Publishers Take Google to Court
WASHINGTON, DC—The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has filed suit against Internet search engine Google over its plans to digitally reproduce copyrighted books without permission.
The action came after talks between Google and the AAP regarding the former’s Print Library Project and possible copyright infringement broke down. AAP claims Google would commit infringement in scanning entire books without getting the authors’ permission.
The suit was filed on behalf of five major AAP members: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Pearson Education, Penguin Group (USA), Simon & Schuster and John Wiley & Sons.
A similar undertaking is being launched by a Yahoo-backed consortium, the Open Content Alliance, to digitize 18,000 titles owned by the University of California. In this case, only works will be reproduced if the rights-holder gives permission.