Please read the google comments before commenting
3 comments, and 3 which miss the point completely.
The point is certainly not whether digitising removes the copyright, which is obviously absurd.
Gogle is not making that point at all.
Instead, it is fighting back on a narrow point, saying the PUBLISHER does not hold the right to the electronic distribution.
If *I* am an author and I give the rights to Editions du Seuil to publish me in paper, it doesn't mean Editions du Seuil can sue whoever they want because they publish it online. *I* am the one who still owns the publication rights to the online version, and thus if Google scans the book, then *I* am the one whose copyright is infringed upon.
Possibly, I am very happy with Google being my Master and Overlord. Or possibly, I'm too small to be able to fight back and thus Google can trample my rights freely which would not be the case against Editions du Seuil.
To sum it up, read the article again, Google doesn't say scanning removes the copyright, it just says the owners of the digital copyright is not the one who's suing them, probably hoping that the actual owners are small guys who won't be able to take over the suing.