The Authors' Guild and Google Print
Posted Sep 29, 2005 15:13 UTC (Thu) by mightyduck
Parent article: The Authors' Guild and Google Print
Google could do the same as some german vendors for phonebook CD's did.
They hired a couple hundred (or thousand) chinese low-wage laborers and
let them read and type in the content of german phone books. What would
that be then? It's certainly not "copying" in the sense of copyright law
because a human is reading the book and typing it at the same time into a
computer, right? Copyright law doesn't forbid reading a book and it
certainly doesn't regulate what I'm allowed to do at the same time I read
a book. It's still perfectly legal if I read a book while sitting in
front of a computer and typing stuff on the keyboard. Of course, this
method would probably be more expensive than scanning but you only have
to do it for the books which are not public domain yet.
So, to me, the whole concept of "copying" in the copyright law stinks and
has to be rethought. I can still make a copy of a book in my brain but I
can't in my computer. But IANAL.
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