Monday, 27 July 2009

Google Books places man's family history online without consent

Google Books has digitised the family history of a Nova Scotia man without his permission, and he is understandably not a happy bunny about it.

The book ended up in the University of Wisconsin-Madison library which had signed an agreement with Google, and soon found itself online, but the copyright holder himself was not consulted. This means that Google has infringed his copyright. The internet giant is offering him $60 compensation, or the option to have the book removed from the website.

The full story, which could have major implications for the website, can be found by clicking on this link to the San Francisco based Baynewser.

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