Google's Book Project

By David McGowan
March 20, 2008
Is it better to ask forgiveness than permission? Google believes so. Its agents are copying books by the truckload. Stanford, Harvard, Oxford, and the Universities of California, Michigan, Texas, and Virginia have opened their doors (and stacks) to the project. Estimated conservatively, Google is copying tens of thousands of books each week. Agreements with publishers cover some of this copying, but much of it is done without permission....