Google Print Postponed Again

Its true. This on again off again Google Print digitization project has been halted yet again with plans to focus primarily on digitizing books that are either out of print or in the public domain.

Google has halted the digitization of books project yet again, sighting plans to focus primarily on digitizing books that are either out of print or in the public domain.

After being sued a few weeks ago for copyright infringement by five major publishers, including McGraw-Hill, Viacom, Simon & Schuster, Pearson, and John Wiley & Sons, it was forced to halt the digitization program, and rethink its efforts to digitize printed materials for use in the Google Search.

Googles Print for Libraries program planned to scan books from five of the world’s largest libraries and make the full text searchable by any user of Google search engine. By partnering with these libraries, Google would scan millions of books, including copyrighted, in-print texts from three libraries, including Harvard University, Stanford University, and the University of Michigan, without getting explicit permission from the copyright holders.

Google denied that its change in course was influenced by the law suits, and said it required time to clarify its plans for the public.

Google Print still plans to scan materials from libraries that are in print and under copyright protection at a later date. Google says it will begin by scanning older books, begining with those that are out of print or in the public domain.

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