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Issue No.02 - March/April (2006 vol.4)
pp: 80-83
Michael Lesk , Rutgers University
In late 2004, Google announced as part of its Library Project that it would scan millions of books into a searchable online database accessible to anyone using Google Book Search ( In response, the US Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) sued Google, claiming its book scanning is "massive copyright infringement." Google says its indexing is a legitimate fair use. As in all such discussions, two different questions arise: What does the law say? What would be good public policy?
Google, indexing, fair use, copyright infringement
Michael Lesk, "Should Indexing Be Fair Use? The Battle over Google Book Search", IEEE Security & Privacy, vol.4, no. 2, pp. 80-83, March/April 2006, doi:10.1109/MSP.2006.52
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