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2010-01-11 06:50:00

Google Inc. issued a publicly apology over the weekend to a number of Chinese authors, excusing itself for inadequate communication with them before it began scanning their books into its digital library.  The apology is being viewed as a first step towards a rapprochement between the Internet behemoth and a Chinese writing guild amidst an ongoing legal row over copyright infringement. For more than five years Google has been engaged in a visionary effort to make all of the world's books...

2010-01-07 07:30:00

SEATTLE, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Serials Solutions is pleased to announce its partnership with Springshare, the maker of LibGuides. Together, Serials Solutions and Springshare will provide the first ERAMS-based LibGuides integration, enabling common subscribers to create LibGuides A-to-Z lists powered by the authoritative e-resource data of Serials Solutions(R) KnowledgeWorks knowledgebase. "Serials Solutions and Springshare are passionate about delivering compelling end user...

2009-12-30 16:44:00

SEATTLE, Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Serials Solutions today announced the launch of the new and improved 360 Search federated search service. The new service combines the best features of the Serials Solutions 360 Search and WebFeat platforms with new and improved capabilities that give users the power to control their search and librarians the power to deliver the best results. "The recent acquisition of WebFeat by Serials Solutions changed the federated search market," says Rob Mercer,...

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2009-12-28 11:20:00

Internet hulk Google is being sued by the provocative Chinese author Mian Mian for an alleged violation of copyright laws, her lawyer announced on Monday. In the first civil lawsuit to be leveled against Google in China, the case is bound to draw even more negative press to the Web giant's already controversial plans for a massive Web-based digital library. Mian's attorney, Sun Jinwei, told AFP reporters that the case will open on Tuesday in Beijing. "Tomorrow afternoon at the Haidian court,...

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2009-12-21 12:30:00

In a controversial effort to digitize the world's books, Google is set to start scanning Europe's cultural treasures -- starting in France, where the U.S. giant got a digital foothold this week, AFP reported. Patrick Bazin, the director of the Municipal Library of Lyon, said the Internet search giant began peeling open the pages of half a million books from the library on Monday and is contracted to scan them within 10 years. The French government will spend over one billion dollars (750...

2009-11-06 10:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Like many others, the Open Book Alliance awaits the release on November 9 of a revised proposed settlement from Google, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers. If repeated signals from Google and its partners over the last month are to be taken at face value, we don't expect significant changes to the earlier settlement proposal that was soundly rejected by the Department of Justice and many others. "Settlement 2.0" is...

2009-10-07 15:54:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Open Book Alliance, a coalition of librarians, legal scholars, authors, publishers, and technology companies created to counter the proposed Google Book Settlement in its current form, today issued the following statement from co-founder Peter Brantley in response to today's U.S. District Court hearing on the Google Book Settlement case: "Based on the court hearing today, one thing is clear -- whatever revised settlement Google and...

2009-10-06 13:31:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dozens of leading academic, library, consumer advocacy, organized labor and publishing organizations joined the Open Book Alliance today in calling on Google and its litigation partners to create an open and transparent process to negotiate a settlement in the Google Book Search case. The parties published an open letter to Google, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, demanding that they include key stakeholders to...

2009-09-22 17:27:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Open Book Alliance, a coalition of librarians, legal scholars, authors, publishers, and technology companies created to counter the proposed Google Book Settlement in its current form, today issued the following statement in response to the settlement parties' motion for a postponement of the October 7 fairness hearing: "When the proposed Google Book Settlement came before the court, hundreds and hundreds of diverse voices raised...

2009-09-21 16:33:00

"One thing is certain -- the proposed Google Book Settlement, as it's currently written, will not go through." SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Open Book Alliance, a coalition of librarians, legal scholars, authors, publishers, and technology companies created to counter the proposed Google Book Settlement in its current form, today issued the following statement from co-founder Peter Brantley in response to the Department of Justice's filing with the U.S. District...