December 19, 2014

Google Begins Scanning Books at Two Italian Libraries and Soon at The Ohio St. University

1. Announcement From Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma (In Italian) Translated Version (via Google Translate) Scanning began last week. 2. Announcement From Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (In Italian) Translated Version (via Google Translate) Scanning begins in early January. Both of these book scanning projects were first announced in March 2010. 3. The Ohio St. […]

GBS: Google Wins Stay From U.S. Appeals Court on E-Books Case

From Bloomberg: Google Inc. (won a bid to delay a copyright lawsuit by the Authors Guild of America over the company’s plans to digitally scan millions of books while it appeals a decision that allows the plaintiffs to sue as a class. U.S. Circuit Judge Raymond Lohier of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan […]

Google Ends Legal Dispute With French Authors Over Scans

From Bloomberg: Google, owner of the world’s largest search engine, ended legal disputes with a French publishing trade group and a French authors’ association over the U.S. company’s scanning of books. The Syndicat National de l’Edition, which represents more than 600 publishers, and the SGDL Society of Authors agreed with Google to end litigation over […]

Judge Denny Chin on Google Books: “It Does Not Seem Those Negotiations Have Gone Anywhere”

From Managing Intellectual Property: The Second Circuit Court of Appeals judge said he was told by conference organisers [Fordham IP China Conference] to talk about three things: the languishing Google Books litigation he has presided over since 2005, cloud computing and his recent trip to China. Of the Google Books case, Chin said simply: “It […]

Colorful! Highlighting Comes to Google Books

  From the Inside Google Books Blog: Starting today, you’ll also be able to break out the colored highlighters and pens with Google eBooks in the Web Reader. To start adding notes, first open your web browser and find your Google eBooks in your My eBooks bookshelf (make sure you are signed into your account […]

Public Domain Books: Open Book Alliance Works to Pry Open Google’s Closed Books

From an Open Book Alliance Blog Post: Everyone knows Google has scanned tens of millions of books, including over 3 million books in the public domain, and that it got most of these books from many different libraries, public and private. What most don’t know is that Google forces those libraries to use technology to […]

Google's eBookstore Opens in Australia

Via CNET Australia: From today, avid ebook fans can access Google’s ebook platform via books.google.com.au, where they can download the Google Books app for Android, iOS and the web. Google’s ebooks are also compatible with any e-reader that supports Adobe DRM. Dymocks customers will be able to purchase books from Google’s ebook store directly from […]

"Google launches UK eBooks store, Australia and Canada 'soon'"

By Philip Jones Source: The Bookseller From the Article: Google eBooks has launched its e-bookstore in the UK. [Clip] Google said it had hundreds of thousands of commercially available books to buy at launch, in addition to two million public-domain e-books. Google eBooks are stored in an online library and accessible across devices including laptops, […]

Conference Paper: "The Song of the Sirens: Google Book's Project and Copyright in a Digital Age"

Title: The Song of the Sirens: Google Book’s Project and Copyright in a Digital Age (15 Pages; PDF) Working Paper Version Authors: Clarice Castro Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Catholic University of Pernambuco Ruy De Queiroz Federal University of Pernambuco Source: SSRN Presented at: A Decade In Internet Time: OII Symposium On The Dynamics Of The […]