Patricia Schroeder, president
of the Association of American Publishers
For centuries, books have gone out-of-print and disappeared.
Now Google is doing something about that.
But not if Patricia Shroeder has her way.
The former Congresswoman from Colorado doesn’t want Google to create a digital library.
Google today faced a new legal challenge to its plans to digitise library books, as major publishers sought to block it from scanning copyrighted works.
Five publishing houses - McGraw-Hill, Pearson Education and Penguin Group (USA), Simon & Schuster and John Wiley & Sons - filed a suit in New York yesterday, claiming that Google’s plans would infringe their copyrights.
“If Google can make … copies, then anyone can,” Patricia Schroeder, president of the Association of American Publishers, told Reuters. “Anybody could go into a library and start making digital copies of anything.”
If the idea of someone making copies in a library is supposed to fill me with fear, it doesn’t. Besides…
…Supporters of the Google Print project claim… scanning of the full text of the books is necessary to create a searchable catalogue of the books located within the five libraries’ collections. Google says it has no plans to make full copies of copyrighted works available without their owners’ permission.
Sounds like technology which will sell more books.
Just as the video-cassette recorder which the movie industry tried to stop in court resulted in more movie sales.