More Publishing Trade Groups Weigh In On Changes to Google’s Library Scanning Project

Shortly after Google announced some changes to their library scanning project, the Association of Amercican Publishers said they weren’t pleased (see: Google Gives Publishers Opt-Out From Library Scanning Project; One Group Still Not Happy).

Now, another publishing industry trade group, The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), has shared its views. You can read them in this new position paper (PDF).

Key Passages from the Paper:

A number of our member publishers also participate in the Google Print for Publishers program ? which allows them to opt-in, and to specify what content may or may not be freely displayed and what links should be supplied to enable users to purchase the publication. These publishers have been pleased with the increased hits although, as far as we are aware, actual sales have not increased dramatically.

Google Print for Libraries is a very different matter. We firmly believe that, in cases where the works digitised are still in copyright, the law does not permit making a complete digital copy for such purposes. We are willing to work with Google to find a mutually acceptable way forward; however, we do not consider Google?s proposal to stop the digitisation program until 1 November, up to which date publishers may exclude their works by supplying full bibliographic details including ISBN/ISSN (a major undertaking), to offer an acceptable solution.

We call on Google to hold an urgent meeting with representatives of all major publishing organisations, in order to work out an acceptable pragmatic way forward and to avoid legal action.

This is not the first time we’ve heard from the ALPSP. This blog post from early July (before the changes) has details.

Another Group Comments
On August 19th, the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) issued a statement.

From the statement:

By temporarily suspending the digitization of copyrighted work Google?s revised policy makes an important concession to the rights of copyright holders. In its essentials, though, the revised policy is virtually the same as the previous one. Google still asserts that it may make digital copies of all books in copyright, and that they will respect the copyrights only of those who supply Google with a list of books for which rights must be recognized. In other words, Google, an enormously successful company, claims a sweeping right to appropriate the property of others for its own commercial use unless it is told, case by case and instance by instance, not to. In our view this contradicts both law and common sense.

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