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Scholarly publishers protest Google's online library project

A group of academic publishers is challenging Google's plan to scan millions of library books into its Internet search engine index. The Association of American University Presses is highlighting fears that the ambitious project will violate copyrights and stifle future sales.

In a letter to Google, the Association described the online search engine's library project as a threat to its membership. They say the plan appears to involve massive copyright infringement. The association, which represents 125 nonprofit publishers of academic journals and scholarly books, asked Google to respond to a list of 16 questions about how the company plans to protect copyrights. Mountain View California-based Google says it offers protections to copyright holders.

For example, the company says that for books still in copyright, users will only see bibliographic information and a few sentences of text.