Google Inc. violating U. S. copyright law with its scanning of university library book holdings

To the Editor:

Five months ago, when the print media first reported on the arrogant plan of Google, Inc. to undertake the copying of virtually all of the printed book holdings of several major university libraries, I pointed out that these scanning actions would constitute a massive and continuing violation of U. S. copyright law. I wrote letters to the legal departments of Stanford University, Harvard University, the University of Michigan (my alma mater) and the New York City Public Library to inquire about the potential copyright violations involved in the massive text scanning planned by Google Inc. To date, I have not received a reply from any of these four iinstitutions.

Now, a group of University presses have complained publicly to Google, Inc. about these massive copyright violations involved in their scanning operations. So far, corporate arrogance has carried the day. Google Inc. has refused to answer the letters from the Association of American University Presses (AAUP.). Under the illegitimate Bush regime, large corporations no longer seem to feel as if they have to follow the rules.

 

Yours truly,

 

James K. Sayre, owner,

Bottlebrush Press

www.bottlebrushpress.com

24 May 2005