WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. publishing industry, through
the Association of American Publishers (AAP), continues to express to Google
grave misgivings about the Google Print Library Project and specifically the
Project's unauthorized copying and distribution of copyright-protected works.
"Google's announcement does nothing to relieve the publishing industry's
concerns," said Patricia Schroeder, AAP's President and CEO.
While publishers are eager to explore initiatives that promise to bring
books to a vastly expanded audience through the innovative use of technology,
the Google Print Library Project is digitally reproducing copyrighted works to
support Google's sale of advertising in connection with its online search
business operations without corresponding participation or approval by the
copyright holders. Although the Project will get underway with the
digitization of works in the public domain over the next three months,
Google's plan calls for digitally copying every work in the collections of
three major libraries unless specifically denied permission for a particular
work by the copyright owner. "Google's procedure shifts the responsibility
for preventing infringement to the copyright owner rather than the user,
turning every principle of copyright law on its ear," said Mrs. Schroeder.
"Many AAP members have partnered with Google in its Print for Publishers
Program, allowing selected titles to be digitized and searchable on a limited
basis pursuant to licenses or permission from publishers. We were confident
that by working together, Google and publishers could have produced a system
that would work for everyone, and regret that Google has decided not to work
with us on our alternative proposal," Mrs. Schroeder said.
About the AAP
The Association of American Publishers is the national trade organization
of the U.S. book publishing industry. AAP's approximately 300 members include
most of the major commercial book publishers in the United States, as well as
smaller and non-profit publishers, university presses and scholarly societies.
The protection of intellectual property rights in all media is one of the
Association's highest priorities.
SOURCE Association of American Publishers