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Google sued by publishers for copyright infringement

[JURIST] The Association of American Publishers (AAP) [trade website] announced Wednesday that it has filed a lawsuit [press release] against Google for allegedly infringing copyrights as part of Google's Print Library Project [Google backgrounder]. The complaint [PDF] seeks a declaration that the project violates copyright protections and an injunction against continuing the project, which entails scanning book collections from several universities to make them searchable via Google on the Internet. Filed on behalf of McGraw-Hill, Pearson Education, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books, and John Wiley & Sons, the suit follows extensive discussions between the AAP and Google about the project. In September the Authors Guild [advocacy website] filed a similar lawsuit [JURIST report] related to the project, which Google claims satisfies the fair use doctrine of US copyright law. Google temporarily halted the project [CNET report] in August in order to respond to concerns, but plans to resume work on November 1. CNET has more.

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