University Presses Unhappy at Google Print

InsideGoogle points to this report about a group of academic publishers concerned about Google’s plan to scan millions of library books into its Internet search engine index:

The plan “appears to involve systematic infringement of copyright on a massive scale,” wrote Peter Givler, the executive director for the New York-based trade group.

The association asked Google to respond to a list of 16 questions seeking more information about how the company plans to protect copyrights.

Two unnamed publishers already asked Google to withhold its copyrighted material from the scanners, but the company hasn’t complied with the requests, Givler wrote.

Similar copyright concerns were expressed earlier this year at Harvard.

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