Google's online university
pauses scanning copyright material whilst the project is scrutinised for legal problems.
Essentially, the project proposes to make available a wealth of literature on-line, claiming to be an opportunity for the public to access esoteric, out-of-print tomes.
The publishing industry is worried that the onus for spotting copyright violations will now fall on the copyright owner, not the potential plagiariser in both the books being scanned, or in subsequent use by the on-line community.
I have my suspicions about Google's commercial interests in this and other projects. It seems to be an extension of the supermarket bullyboy tactics
to control both supply and demand in an industry; ultimately in this case, every book published on earth.
So, do we applaud Google for their commitment to preserving and distributing rare literature, or are the gaps in what they choose to scan too commercially convenient to be coincidence?