Keith Kupferschmid - no - Issue 17

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SUBSCRIBE NOW! Vol. 22 No. 11 — December 2005 Online KMWorld CRM Media Streaming Media Faulkner Speech Technology Unisphere/DBTA Search Keyword Search Feature Are Authors and Publishers Getting Scroogled? Viewpoint: A Copyright Analysis of the Google Print Library Project by Keith Kupferschmid On Oct. 19, five publishers sued Google claiming that the Google Print Library Project violated their exclusive rights provided by U.S. copyright law. The suit—along with the suit filed by The Authors Guild on Sept. 20—is the culmination of months of debate, pitting publishers and authors against Google. The point of contention is whether Google violates copyright law by digitizing millions of books without the permission of the books’ authors and publishers and putting them on its servers to allow them to be searched online. Over the years, other digitization projects have met with success. For example, the recently announced Open Content Alliance (OCA) is a global collaborative effort of cultural, technology, nonprofit, and governmental organizations that are working to build a permanent archive of multilingual digitized text and multimedia content. Content in the OCA archive will be accessible soon through major Web sites such as Yahoo! and through other search engines. The OCA will encourage the greatest possible access to and reuse of collections in the archive, while respecting the content owners and contributors. Similarly, Microsoft recently struck a deal with The British Library (BL) to scan 100,000 books from the BL’s collection and make them available sometime next year. Unlike Google, however, Microsoft plans to scan copyrighted books only if it first receives permission from the book publishers. Other projects include Project Gutenberg ( ), the U.S. Library of Congress Digital Preservation Program ( ), and Carnegie Mellon’s Million Book Project ( ). These efforts all have one thing in common: In each case, the aggregators responsible for digitizing, selecting, organizing, and compiling the content took steps to reach agreement with the copyright owners. Without such agreement, these projects would not have succeeded. Background on the Google Print Library Project Google manages two projects intended to make the text of books searchable online. One of the projects is referred to as the Google Print Publisher Program, which is a collaborative effort that enables Google to digitize and make books available for search when Google has received permission from the books’ publisher or author. This program—because it operates with the consent of copyright owners whose books are copied by Google—is noncontroversial. The other project, referred to as the Google Print Library Project, is the focus of lawsuits initiated by The
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