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 Google Book Search - Latest Developments in October / November 2006

  • Google said that it will subpoena two of its fiercest competitors, Yahoo! and Microsoft, for information relating to their own book scanning operations (Microsoft and Yahoo have joined up to build their own book search with an organization called the Open Content Alliance) as part of the case against the The Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild (for more information see The Register)

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison is the next university to join Google's Book Search Project. The University has one of the largest collections of historical documents and books in the US, accounting for about 7.2 million holdings (University of Wisconsin-Madison has their release here and Google has their release here and Reuters has their article here).

  • Motions for summary judgments in Authors Guild v Google have been delayed at Google's request, and will not be filed until January 2008.

  • The Authors Guild filed its lawsuit against Google on Sept. 20, 2005, a group of major book publishers led by The McGraw Hill Companie filed their's against Google a month later. U.S. District Judge John Sprizzo on October 12, 2006 consolidated the two cases. There will just be one discovery phase to determine what's to be presented in both cases.

  • The French publishers union, Le Syndicat National de l'Edition (SNE), has joined book publisher Le Martiniere Groupe in its copyright suit against Google (CNet /




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