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Google-UC contract fuels copyright brawl

The book-scanning contract between Google Inc. and the University of California has made the Association of American Publishers (AAP) even more distressed over Google's project to digitize millions of volumes from libraries. Last year, the AAP sued Google on behalf of five of its members -- The McGraw-Hill Companies, Pearson Education, Penguin Group USA, Simon & Schuster and John Wiley & Sons -- alleging massive copyright infringement in the Google Books Library Project.

But the University of California contract, released publicly two weeks ago, has the AAP even more dismayed than before, said Allan Adler, the AAP's vice president of legal and government affairs. In particular, the University of California agreement contains eyebrow-raising provisions that don't appear in the Google Books Library Project contract with the University of Michigan, which is also available publicly, Adler said.

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News source: InfoWorld

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