9/22/2005

State of Denial - Google Book Scanning

Filed under: — menk @ 11:13 am

On Tuesday, the Authors Guild filed a lawsuit against search engine Google, alleging that its scanning and digitizing of library books constitutes a “massive” copyright infringement.

The Authors Guild are clearly in denial here. They need to recognize that the availability of these texts online in a searchable form makes them more valuable not less. In todays world we are blissfully unaware any of this content exists so we are unlikley to gain access to it at the library or by buying books. In the future the searchability will make many more people aware that works exist which would be valuable resources and in so doing creates a market for the works themselves.

Note: The Authors Guild is behaving similarly to the music industry before they realized that technology is not going away so they needed to embrace it. Now look at online the music marketplace.

Authors Guild sues Google over library project | CNET News.com

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