Publishers Group Sues Google over Library Project

October 21, 2005

The Association of American Publishers announced October 19 that it had filed a lawsuit seeking to block Google’s plan to digitize large collections of books and make them searchable through any search engine and downloadable for free. The move came a month after the Authors Guild filed a similar suit charging the program with copyright … Continue reading Publishers Group Sues Google over Library Project


Yahoo, European Union Announce Digital Library Projects

October 7, 2005

In the wake of Google’s plan to digitize books from libraries and provide access to their contents through its search engine, Yahoo has announced that it would join with the University of California, the University of Toronto, and others to digitize large collections of books and make them searchable through any search engine and downloadable … Continue reading Yahoo, European Union Announce Digital Library Projects


Katrina’s Terrible Toll

October 1, 2005

Early damage assessment teams in Biloxi, Mississippi, came back with the first depressing estimates that it would be easier to list what was still standing, rather than catalog what was lost. The storm wiped out schools and public library branches, and the rising waters threatened academic and special collections throughout the region. Initially, New Orleans … Continue reading Katrina’s Terrible Toll


Authors Guild Sues Google over Library Project

September 23, 2005

The Authors Guild, a professional group representing more than 8,000 writers, has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan charging that Google’s project to digitize books from libraries and make them searchable online represents “massive copyright infringement.” “This is a plain and brazen violation of copyright law,” said Authors Guild President Nick Taylor. … Continue reading Authors Guild Sues Google over Library Project


ACLU Pushes for Lift on Gag Order in Patriot Act Case

September 2, 2005

In an emergency hearing August 31, Judge Janet C. Hall heard arguments in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on whether to lift a gag order preventing an unnamed library in the state—which together with the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit August 9 challenging an FBI demand for its user records—from identifying itself … Continue reading ACLU Pushes for Lift on Gag Order in Patriot Act Case



Google Temporarily Halts Its Library Project

August 12, 2005

Google has announced that it will suspend until November its scanning of copyrighted materials in its project to digitize books from the collections of several major research libraries and make them searchable online. Publishers groups have voiced concerns about the effort, with the Association of American Publishers calling in June for a six-month suspension of … Continue reading Google Temporarily Halts Its Library Project


Groups File Amicus in National Security Letters Challenge

August 12, 2005

The American Library Association, the Freedom to Read Foundation, and four other groups representing authors, bookstores, publishers, and professors filed an amicus brief (PDF file) August 1 supporting a 2004 federal court decision that declared national security letters unconstitutional. In Gonzales v. Doe the U.S. government is appealing the earlier ruling that the secret administrative … Continue reading Groups File Amicus in National Security Letters Challenge


Bound to the Word

August 3, 2005

President-Elect Barack Obama keynoted the opening general session at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 23–29, 2005, while a U.S. senator from Illinois. This article, published in the August 2005 issue of American Libraries, is an adaptation of that speech, which drew record crowds and garnered a standing ovation. Bound to the Word Guardians … Continue reading Bound to the Word



Publishers’ Group Seeks Six-Month Delay in Google Library Project

June 24, 2005

The Association of American Publishers has asked Google to suspend for six months its plan to digitize books from the collections of several major research libraries and make them searchable online. AAP Vice President for Legal and Governmental Affairs Allan R. Adler told the Chronicle of Higher Education that the group made the request in … Continue reading Publishers’ Group Seeks Six-Month Delay in Google Library Project


Contra Costa County to Appeal Library Meeting-Room Injunction

June 17, 2005

Officials in Contra Costa County, California, will appeal a federal judge’s May 23 ruling that says the county library cannot ban religious services in its meeting rooms. The preliminary injunction stemmed from a July 2004 lawsuit filed by the Alliance Defense Fund, a coalition of religious-rights attorneys, on behalf of a Christian ministry that was … Continue reading Contra Costa County to Appeal Library Meeting-Room Injunction