A federal court decision rejected a settlement on Tuesday, March 22 among Google, the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild over the search engine’s full-text scanning of copyrighted books citing doubts that Google would make every book searchable online in the future.
Google partnered with research universities to scan their library collections to make digitized copies available online in 2004. There are currently 12 million Google Books online.
Publisher and author groups protested against Google in violation of copyrights. The groups said that if Google was going to publish their works online, they should get profits from the operation and Google should ask for permission to publish the books. Google replied to the protesters by saying the books were in “fair use.”
A year after Google Books was announced, the Authors Guild and the American Association of Publishers filed a law suit to stop the scanning of any more books. The case has been going on for six years, and the future of Google Books is still unknown.
Do you think Google Books should exist? Do you think Google is violating copyrights of publishers and authors? Do you agree with Judge Chin’s ruling? As a public relations practitioner, do you think Google should launch a campaign about the benefits of Google Books, such as for students? Do you think the Google Books gives the company a bad name since it has upset publishers and authors? The question is, how will authors and publishers be compensated for Google Books?