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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Google not yet scanning

Google Not Yet Scanning, Cites "Operational" Conflict

Contrary to earlier reports, Google has not yet resumed its plan to scan the books of four major universities as well as the New York Public Library, according to a Cnet report.

The company said it would resume scanning on Tuesday, but Google spokesperson Nate Tyler confirmed that the company had yet to do so. Tyler declined to be specific, saying only "It's an operational thing." He did say Google would scan older sections of the libraries first, which usually include public domain and out-of-print books--presumably, to avoid further conflict with copyright holders. Five major publishers sued Google last month over its plans to make searchable the collections of five libraries, saying the company would be violating copyright law. -
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