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Google to Start Scanning Books

Written by Michael Coyle on 09 May 2007

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Google said it will soon resume scanning books that have been protected by copyright into its Google Print database, despite two lawsuits charging the company with copyright infringement.

In August 2006, Google said it would hold off on scanning copyright books until 1 November 2006 so that publishers would have more time to tell Google which books they didn't want scanned. Google now says it will start scanning all copyright works held in collections by its library partners but said the exact date of when it will begin doing so again was still to be determined.

Google Print is an initiative from Google to scan books into a database that can be searched by users. Two groups, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, have filed lawsuits against Google because, they say, Google is infringing copyrights by scanning books that are still protected by copyright.

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