Google Gored by Literary Lions

Seated figure outside New York State Supreme Court 2Reuters “news service” reports that the Authors Guild and a number of American writers are suing Google Inc. in federal District Court in New York City, “alleging that the Web search leader’s bid to digitize the book collections of major libraries infringes individual author’s copyrights.”

No surprise there: “This is the latest round in the battle between Google and publishers that pit copyright holders’ interests against the company’s mission of ‘organizing the world’s information and making it more universally accessible and useful.'”

It sounds like copyright infringement to me to put someone else’s entire work into a database “just to make it accessible and useful.” What am I missing?

UPDATE:  Ask these guys.

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