A US judge has killed off Google’s plans for a huge online library filled with scanned copies of millions of books from some of the world’s most revered libraries. Judge Denny Chin said Google’s book plans went “too far”, saying a deal between authors, publishers and Google over the publication of the material was not valid.
Google had rejected the idea of allowing copyright owners to “opt-in” and have their books published on the service. Instead, it stood by an agreement made in 2008 between itself, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers. Under that deal, Google had said it would pay annual royalties to those who owned the copyright in the books that it chose to scan.
Chin, however, said this gave, “… Google a significant advantage over competitors, rewarding it for engaging in wholesale copying of copyrighted works without permission.”
While Google’s eBooks store remains open for business, this will be a bitter blow for the search giant, as it looks to further expand it’s already vast business.