The largest trade association of publishing companies in the United States is suing Google for its book project after the talks between the two parts had no success.
After the Author’s Guild, The Association of American Publishers (AAP) accuses Google of “massive copyright infringement” and filed a lawsuit at the U.S. District Court in Manhattan asking the authorities to stop the project.
The companies that form the association, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Pearson Education, Penguin Group (USA), Simon & Schuster and John Wiley & Sons, want to explain how Google plans to make money from other’s talent and property. “The publishing industry is united behind this lawsuit against Google and united in the fight to defend their rights,” said AAP President Schroeder in a statement. “The bottom line is that under its current plan Google is seeking to make millions of dollars by freeloading on the talent and property of authors and publishers.”
Google is planning to start the indexing on November and explains that its project “will make books and the information within them more discoverable to the world”. This tool searches the contents of books submitted by publishers and displays matches above web matches on the search result page. It offers links to purchase the book, as well as content-related advertisements. Google will limit the number of viewable pages from any book through user-tracking.