In an earlier post on this blog, I criticized Google for its plan to scan copyrighted books without permission, calling them ?copyright pirates.?
Now an article in the Record (8/13/05) reports: ?Stung by a publishing industry backlash, Google has halted its effort to scan copyrighted books so the material can be indexed in its search engine.?
However, they are STILL copyright pirates.
The suspension remains effect only until November, giving publishers time to notify Google which copyrighted books they DON?T want scanned.
The Record notes that this scheme ?effectively requires the industry to opt out of the program instead of opting in.?
But wait a minute. That?s CONTRARY to the accepted Internet practice of ?permission marketing,? where the Internet marketer can?t act until I opt in.
So why can Google now copy, scan, and distribute the books I?ve written unless my publisher or I deliberately tell them they can’t?
Also, Google plans to contact the publishers of the copyrighted books only ? not the authors.
But for out of print books, the rights typically revert to the AUTHOR ? so it should be up to ME whether I give Google permission to scan my out of print books.