What are you thinking, Herb Mitgang? August 7, 2008
The knee-jerk reaction some writers and other artists have to any unauthorized use of their copyrighted works often baes me. Artists often react viscerally to any unauthorized use of their creations even when doing so fails to serve, as far as I can tell, any legitimate personal interest they might have. It's as if they simply think: it's my property, and no one can touch it unless I tell them they can! The Association of American University Presses provides a useful summary of the Google Book Search Program:
Many university and scholarly presses have participated enthusiastically in the Publisher program, which allows their print publications to be indexed and displayed to an appropriate extent through Google's beta online index of print materials while protecting their own, their authors' and third parties' rights. The Library program has proven controversial, as Google plans to scan, digitize, and copy not only public domain works from ve world-class research libraries, but also the in-copyright collections of at least some of those libraries. The libraries are the Bodleian at Oxford University, Harvard University Library, the University of Michigan Library, the New York Public Library, and Stanford University Library.