Google Inc.'s book-copying library project has come under fire by two more publishers' groups, with one raising the possibility of legal action.
The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers and the Association of American University Presses have joined the Association of American Publishers in denouncing Google's copying of books without first seeking permission from the copyright holder.
Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., said this month that it would suspend until November scanning copyrighted books into its database, unless it has prior permission from the publisher or other copyright holder. At the end of the suspension, Google will resume copying books, unless it receives from publishers a list of specific titles they do not want in the search engine's database.
Google, however, has failed to satisfy the concerns of publishers. Google believes it's legal to copy the books, but publishers disagree. Their opposition comes in spite of Google's contention that its is copying the books to eventually provide in search results links to retailers where the material can be purchased.
"We firmly believe that, in cases where the works digitized are still in copyright, the law does not permit making a complete digital copy for such purposes," Sally Morris, chief executive of the ALPSP, based in England, said in a statement released this month.