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Google Book and the Penn State Press

First, it's important to note that there are two Google Book projects.
Google Book for Publishers
The Google Book Libraries Project

Here's Google's site describing the two projects.

The Penn State Press believes copyright has an important place in the sustainability of scholarly publishing.

We use a lot of third-party content in our books and on our site, as Google is proposing to do, but we have obtained permission for that use.

Like this one by the artist Margaret Morton.

And this one didn't require permission because these photos, as part of the federally funded FSA/OWI project, are owned by the citizens of the United States.

We actually offer a lot of our content for free as searchable HTML text in our Just a Taste program, like these historic chapters from Congressman John Murtha's book. We are also working with the Penn State Libraries to bring print components to their open access, public domain collections like the regional folk classic Pennsylvania Mountain Stories. And we are collaborating with the Penn State Libraries and the Penn State Romance Languages departments to bring back the Penn State Romance Studies Series as free open access web content, with a low cost, purchasable print component.

We feel it is very important to utilize technological advances to increase the dissemination of scholarship, but as long as there is a perceived value in measuring scholarship in the marketplace, we must abide by the rules which that environment imposes.

For a PDF of the press release on our collaborations with the Library and the new Office of Digital Scholarly Publishing, click here.

The American Association of University Presses has also posted a page about Google Book. It can be found here.

For more information on what fair use is and its role in scholarly publishing, see Press Director Sandy Thatcher's informative article in The Journal of Scholarly Publishing here.

The Association of American Publisher's recently filed a lawsuit against Google to stop the project. The AAP press release about that suit can be found here.

We would also refer you to Georgia K. Harper's insightful analysis of the issue here. She's the manager of the Intellectual Property Section of the Office of General Counsel for the University of Texas System.

To determine if a work is protected under copyright or in the public domain, Lolly Gasaway has posted this chart at the University of North Carolina's site.
Here's the address and a link:

Google Book for Publishers

Penn State Press was an early adopter in this project. We submitted all of our active titles which we thought qualified for the project covering over 90% of our active list. We are very pleased with the results.

Here is a PDF of the presentation authored by Tony Sanfilippo, the Press's marketing and sales director, and delivered at the 2005 Book Expo America seminar on Google Book, and at the Association of American University Presses' annual conference for a panel on Google Book and content licensing.
POD & the Long Tail

Google Book also wrote a case study on our experience, which is used in their "About Google Book" section.
http://books. pennstate.html

Google Book 's Libraries Project

The Penn State Press has some serious concerns about this aspect of the project. While we admire Google's objective to index the book content of the five libraries cited, and we applaud them for bringing the long neglected issue of orphaned works into the spotlight, we are specifically concerned about their wholesale digital duplication of our content in those libraries. To index the books in these libraries, Google is making two digital copies of the libraries holdings. One will be used by Google for indexing, the other will be given to the participating libraries as payment for the use of the books. We see this as a copyright infringement. It is not the "snippet" display of the content that is our concern, it is the use of unauthorized copies of our content as payment and for indexing that is clearly copyright infringement

12/6/2005—Marketing and sales director, Tony Sanfilippo discusses Google Print with Library Journal here.

11/21/05 —Tony discusses the ethics of Google Book on Weekend All Things Considered. It can be heard here .

—For a PDF of the presentation delivered by Sanford G. Thatcher, director, Penn State University Press, at the NACUA conference, November 10, 2005, click here:"Fair Use in Theory and Practice: Reflections on Its History and the Google Case". Click here to read it on line.

A letter written by Tony about this issue was recently published in the Wall Street Journal. You can read it here.

We here at the press have proposed one possible compromise, which appears in Publisher's Weekly Monday, September 26, 2005. It can be viewed by those with a print subscription, or those who are willing to sign up for a trial subscription, here. The original version of the essay can be read here. While we do not see it as the only possible solution, we do see it as an opportunity for dialogue and greatly hope the libraries and Google will sit down with publishers and come to a mutually beneficial compromise.

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