CyberTech Rambler

July 1, 2006

Google Library Project gets thumb up in Germany

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 7:12 pm

According to TechWeb, German publisher WBG drops it  legal action in Germany against Google Library Project, after it receive strong unfavourable indication from the judiciary that they are likely to lose their case. I am sure the prospect of WBG wasting money in pursuing the case is a major factor in this decision. However, in the long run, letting the lawsuit becoming part of the case law, or even worse, a precedence. against the publishers is probably an even worse perspect for WBG and German publishers. Consumers had been robbed of the chance of clarification by German Judiciary.

Of course the German judicial decision has no bearing whatsoever in the lawsuite Google Library Project faces in the United States. Ultimately, it is the case in United States that really matter. Most importantly, the court probably had not decided whether Google is in trouble if the scanning of books is done in Germany rather than United State. The victory is therefore a symbolic one.

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