Internet search services provider Google, Inc., US, has reportedly signed University of California (UC) as another partner to its controversial book scanning project. The university is also having books digitised as part of the Open Content Alliance (OCA), which is led by Yahoo, Microsoft and Internet Archive.
Under the new agreement, Google will scan, digitise and make searchable millions of books from UC’s over 100 libraries across its 10 campuses. Both Google and UC will keep a copy each of all scanned books. UC joins the Stanford University, University of Michigan, Harvard University, Oxford University and the New York Public Library with whom Google has been working since last year to scan, digitise and make searchable public domain and copyright-protected books.
The participant’s support for the project is in contrast to publishers and writers who are suing Google for digitising books without obtaining prior permission.
Posted by Katie Newman at August 10, 2006 8:33 AM