What Happened to Google's Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books?

Source: BusinessWeek
Coverage Type: reporting
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It was a crazy idea: Take the bulk of the world’s books, scan them, and create a monumental digital library for all to access. That’s what Google dreamed of doing when it embarked on its ambitious book-digitizing project in 2002. It got part of the way there, digitizing at least 25 million books from major university libraries. But the promised library of everything hasn’t come into being. An epic legal battle between authors and publishers and the Internet giant over alleged copyright violations dragged on for years. A settlement that would have created a Book Rights Registry and made it possible to access the Google Books corpus through public-library terminals ultimately died, rejected by a federal judge in 2011. And though the same judge ultimately dismissed the case in 2013, handing Google a victory that allowed it to keep on scanning, the dream of easy and full access to all those works remains just that.


GOOG books was handed a "victory" by Denny Chin in the Southern District of NY. At the VERY SAME TIME;|-
Neeley Jr. v 5 telecommunications Commissioners et al, (5:14-cv-05135)(14-3447) argued that this scanning and publications violated 42 USC §2511 by re-publishing electronic book submissions in free electronic book previews. I also argued this was defamation. GOOG deleted the offensive preview in 2010.

I was dismissed for calling U.S. Courts dishonorable and calling judge Jimm Larry Hendren's confusion about law perhaps due to evidence of senility or other mental defect. GOOG deleted the preview of one book as I demanded. The Author's Guild could have pursued each artist separately but the class-action filed was too broad to be certified as plead.

The majority of these books are still searchable at GOOG books but the "snippets" allowed shown are not large enough to make this a "book online" resource like GOOG once dreamed of. It is NOT EVER happening and is not even legally possible in the EU.
The Renascent Vol 3 Photography at books.google.com

CurtisNeeley on August 12, 2017 - 5:32pm.


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