Google Print for Libraries Project Encounters Continued Opposition

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on July 15, 2005

Another follow-up to groups voicing opposition to Google’s project to digitize major library collections, this time from the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), which is “the international trade association for not-for-profit publishers and those who work with them.” The group’s July 11, 2005 “response to Google Print for Libraries digitisation project” (3 pages, PDF) includes the following statements:

  • “‘Google Print for Libraries’…entails making complete digital copies of publications, including – in the case of some of the participating libraries – works which are still in copyright. Irrespective of whether the results may be damaging or beneficial to the copyright owners, the fact remains that copying on such a scale is in clear contravention of copyright law and is not covered by any exception in any relevant legislation.”
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