Damn the publishers, full speed ahead

WSJ.com – Google Will Return to Scanning Copyrighted Library Books:

Google Inc. will resume scanning copyrighted library books into its search engine after a self-imposed hiatus, despite the efforts of some publishers and authors to block it from doing so without the copyright holders’ permission.

The Mountain View, Calif., company said it plans to resume scanning copyrighted books in the collections of Stanford University and the University of Michigan “soon.”

I know it’s supposed to be inspired by the good of humanity and all, but isn’t Google’s decision to simply push ahead with Google Print without modifying its approach to the publishers one iota just foolhardy and intransigent? Not the kind of partner-making behavior I’d expect….

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