Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Publishers Continue Attack on Google

A French publishing group, La Martiniere, is suing Google over their Books Library Project.

Meanwhile, UK publishers used the occasion of the release of a report on Digital Rights Management to attack Google's Book Search project as well.

Google didn't play its cards "in the proper order" on their digitization project, as they have become the main focus of publishers' ire. Yahoo! and Microsoft, on the other hand, learned from those mistakes and are working hand-in-hand with publishers for their own projects.

The Internet Archive, mentioned in the Yahoo! article, includes books from Project Gutenberg; I contributed a couple myself a few years ago.

The publishing industry is acting like a cornered animal and seem to be on the wrong side of history. I wouldn't like to be in the position of relying on the courts to protect me from the wave of digitization, sharing, and collaboration that the internet has created. That's a losing battle.

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