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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

More on the Google library project

Declan Butler, Publishers irritated by Google's digital library, Nature 443, 446 (3 February 2005). (Access restricted to subscribers.) Butler reports of Google's evident neglect to secure permission from publishers for digitization of texts in its collaborative project with major research libraries. Sally Morris of ALPSP comments that no such deals have been made, and Terry Hulbert of IoP remarks: "Google should have spoken to the learned societies and publishers" prior to announcing the project. However, Google claims it is "working closely with publishers." Meanwhile, Peter Kosewski of Harvard University Library "says the library believes that the way Google intends to handle copyrighted works is consistent with the law."