Google Sells Out Users to Publishers
As you undoubtedly recall, months ago Google launched their Google Print Library
Project scanning thousands of books from the country's libraries for
potential search, putting up whatever fair use or the publisher would allow.
Publishers, in typical copyright-holder paranoia fashion worried that perhaps
the two line snippets Google would be providing of their books would spell the
end of the world for their entire industry. They wrote articles attacking Google
for their cruelty and finally, today, Google announced it would back down.
That's right: Google won't even scan any book copyright holders ask
them not to, even though doing so is perfectly legal. It's as if copyright
holders got to dictate what books get placed in libraries. Their short-sighted
selfishness will cost us all, depriving us of our heritage in our online Library
Details at the Google Blog, under the Orwellian title Making
books easier to find.