Google library project temporarily shelved

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Looks like Google has temporarily suspended its plan to back up the world’s libraries digitally, in a plan dubbed the Google Print Library Project. The project – which aims to spend ten years scanning over 15 million books from Universities Havard, Stanford and Micigan- has been put on hold after google were accused of copyright violation. Although google has been careful to only scan works that are already in the public domain, the Association of American Publishers has asked for the plans to be out on hold for 6 months while copyright issues are resolved.

Oh well. Guess I’ll have to go back to spinning the globe in Google Earth again. Whee.

Chris Cornwell