Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Authors guild vs Google.

Google, in their library project, plans to digitize the works available in several major research and public libraries, so that their content is searchable through the net. Searching for certain terms/phrases, will show results from books that contain those them, and a couple of sentences before and after the phrase as well as details about the book, author, publisher, etc.

Now, most authors would really cherish this situation, right ? Imagine more people getting to know about them and their work ? I would be thrilled...but no ! The Authors Guild sued Google, alleging that this constitutes a "massive" copyright infringement !

An op-ed article in NY Times, illustrates exactly why this action by the guild is a bad idea...

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