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It looks like the Google pigeons might be coming home to roost - from Bernie Sloan on Web4Lib:

"Some publishing groups say that Google's ambitious project to scan
millions of library volumes and make them searchable could run afoul of
copyright laws, and that Google should get permission from publishers
before proceeding... some publishing-industry officials say that even
scanning a book and offering brief excerpts without the publishers'
permission could violate copyright because scanning the book would
represent a reproduction of the work, and the copying would have been
done by a commercial entity rather than the library that purchased the

The full article is in the "Today's News" section for February 7
(unfortunately it's only available online to subscribers):

Young, Jeffrey R. Publishing Groups Say Google's Library-Scanning Effort
May Violate Copyright Laws. (Today's News). Chronicle of Higher
Education (online version). February 7, 2005."

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