Monday, October 24, 2005

News Analysis - Fair Game: German and American Book Publishers Wrestle with Google Print

This year's Frankfurt Book fair drew more than 250,000 people to the world's largest content event, but the biggest event for books during the fair was the alignment of camps in the fight over Google Print. American publishers are suiting up for a fight on copyright issues, while German publishers seem to be content to let Google be Google and to get on with building stronger online presences for searching and consuming books. Given the history of other recent wars on copying premium content guess who's likely to be the richer of these two camps in a few years' time? It's time for all publishers to embrace fair use of book content for searching and to focus on how they're going to make money in a search-enabled world.

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