Google Library Project

Topics: E-book, Copyright, Google Pages: 2 (785 words) Published: November 8, 2014
1) Who is harmed by the Library Project? Make a list of harmed groups, and for each group, try to devise a solution that would eliminate or less the harm. Publishing companies and authors are harmed by the Library Project because of the copyright infringements and royalties. Book stores and distributors would also be harmed as their profits would spiral down. The Publishing companies and authors should be compensated in some manor for the books that Google is displaying for free. Google will be receiving funds from the advertising companies to display ads on the “book’s pages”. A percentage of the advertising profits should be given to the publishing company and the author of the book for the book that is being viewed for the loss of what their original royalties would have been. This should be completed per each individual book as some books may have hundreds of views while others may have only a few per month. The book stores and distributors may find some solution with Google if they noted their business name or provided a link to where the book could be purchased. This should help in their decreasing profits. 2) Why is Google pursuing the Library Project? What is in it for Google? Make a list of benefits to Google. Google is pursuing the Library Project because it is beneficial for them financially and “socially”. Google will sell advertising space on the “book’s pages” which will generate revenue. With the Library Project absorbing books from all over the world, Google’s user audience will grow. They will also have a “spillover” from one service to another. Another one of the larger components for their pursuit is that this will allow the Google search engine to become more valuable because the content is enriched. 3) If you were a librarian, would you support the Library Project? Why or why not? I would not be a supporter of the Library Project if I was a librarian. The Library Project would rely on libraries making their collections...
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