Technology.am (21 Oct, 2009) — A Chinese group is reproving search engine powerhouse Google of illegitimately doubling Chinese-language workings for its digital library, adding up to uneasiness concerning a project to scan millions of books.
The government-affiliated China Written Works Copyright Society, based in Beijing, posted a notice on its Web site advising authors to “boldly stand up and steadfastly shield their lawful rights.” It also urged authors to ensure if their works are in a directory of books that’s division of a cautious legal settlement among Google and U.S. authors and publishers.
Google’s project to inspect and post online snippets from millions of out-of-print but copyrighted books has raised objections from several quarters. The company has called the venture, which too scans public domain works, a priceless opportunity for books to obtain amplified experience.
Chen Cun, an author based in Shanghai, said he found matter from 38 of his works in Google’s digital library, together with 12 novels and three other books.
“Google on no account bothered to inform me or Chinese authorities. They must have let me know my works would be put online,” Chen said.
The Chinese nonprofit group was set up a year ago in the command of the government’s copyright administration to signify different relations of writers, who face uncontrolled and obvious infringements of patent in their domicile market, as do overseas authors.
“Google’s digital library scanned those copyright-protected works without permission. This violates American copyright laws and international treaties,” Zhang Hongbo, deputy director-general of the group, told The Associated Press.
Parties concerned in the arrangement are revising the concord to meet up Justice Department concerns over antitrust and exclusive rights issues, with a U.S. court owed to rule on its authority near the beginning of next month.
Under the Google Print Library Project, leftovers from millions of out-of-print although copyrighted books have been scanned and indexed online by libraries.
Google in addition works with publishers that prefer to partner with it to contain parts of their copyrighted resources.