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SIIA's Stand

Magazine article Information Today

SIIA's Stand

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As the debate ensues, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is actively monitoring the implementation of the Google Print Library Project and the responses of publishers and authors. SIIA represents a wide variety of authors, publishers, users, and, most significantly, aggregators of content that engage in digitization activities not unlike those undertaken by Google. Consequently, SIIA and its members are extremely interested in the copyright and technological issues relating to the Google Print Library Project.

SIIA is fully supportive of the goals of the Google Print Library Project-putting more content and information into the hands of the public. We commend Google for conceiving this project.

What we do not commend, however, is how Google has chosen to implement the project. Unlike the digitization programs noted in the "Scroogled" article, Google has chosen to implement its Print Library Project in the face of strong opposition by authors and publishers. It is also acting in direct contravention of well-established principles of copyright law. In short, Google's blatant disregard for copyright owners and copyright law makes the Google Print Library Project a large-scale commercial infringement of copyright, the likes of which have not been seen since Napster. …

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