The US Department of Justice is deepening its investigation into Google's Book deal. The search giant has scanned some seven million books since 2004 and last year made a $125m settlement with the Association of American Publishers and the Author's Guild over copyright concerns. The agreement allows authors to either claim a …
It's a good idea to make it easier for people to republish "orphan books", but the rules should be decided by the government, not by a private agreement between two corporations, and the same rules should apply to everyone, so if Google can exploit the books everyone must be able to.
During the Pirate Bay trial, Google was always used as the prime example of a search engine that returns links to pirated material. Now here they are actually copying copyrighted material for profit. Surely that makes them worse than Pirate Bay?