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Old 09-01-2010, 12:34 PM   #1
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penguin v google

... yes, it can get even more ridiculous.

was browsing the web and scowling at publishers who apply geographic restrictions and came across this

http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pa...ettlement.html

i hadn't been aware of the battle between google (books i guess) and penguin (and penguin authors) beforehand but i have been aware for quite some time how.. ugh... don't want to say narrow-minded but hey if the shoe fits... penguin are. so they're actually demanded money from google (or encouraged their authors to) for displaying books penguin feel they have control over.

now i just have to say, penguin (and their authors) never fails to show that they have little or no vision when it comes to books and the internet.

need i mention that, as far as i know, google don't sell the books themselves, but provided links to online stores that did. nor can you download the content you;re browsing with google books.

so basically penguin are planning to tax google for helping sell those books under penguin's control. (book stores and libraries be afraid, be very afraid)

i'm not that savvy when it comes to the convoluted copyright laws so maybe i'm missing the bigger picture... but then again...
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Old 09-01-2010, 01:10 PM   #2
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I'm really not familiar with the situation, but if Google were displaying the entire book for reading... then yeah, I could understand Penguin's position. Not sure if this was the case though.
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Google Book search only displays part of the book for previewing and give s alink to a store to purchase it.
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Old 09-03-2010, 01:09 AM   #4
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Penguin makes Google tap out in the first round via triangle choke hold!

Seriously though, if Penguin has the rights to these particular books and didn't give consent to preview them they possibly could force Google's hand to remove them.
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