Google Library Digitization Project Delayed by Copyright Issues

As reported by Edward Wyatt on August 13, 2005 in the New York Times article “Google Library Database Is Delayed”, plans to digitize university library holdings of Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of Michigan, Oxford University and the New York Public Library have been put on hold because of copyright issues raised by publishing and library associations, who of course are not interested in authors rights of copyright, but rather fear the new digitally based competition. Go Google.

Some useful links on the issue are:

Google Blog

O’Reilly Radar

The Chronicle of Higher Education Daily News

Matt Pasciewicz at Educause

SearchEngineWatch – Google Agreement with U of Michigan

LibraryLaw Blog – Info regarding Stanford Library and Google

Harvard University Library

Bodleian Library – Oxford Google Digitisation Agreement

SearchEngineWatch – Summary of Extent of Planned Initial Digitization (2004)

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