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WASHINGTON, Oct 19, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- The Association of American Publishers said Wednesday it was suing Google Inc. over its plans to digitally copy and distribute copyrighted works.
The association accused the Internet search engine of proceeding without permission of the copyright owners.
"The lawsuit was filed only after lengthy discussions broke down between AAP and Google's top management regarding the copyright infringement implications of the Google Print Library Project," the association said in a statement.
The suit seeks a declaration by the court that Google commits infringement when it scans entire books covered by copyright and a court order preventing it from doing so without permission of the copyright owner.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of five major publisher members of the association: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Pearson Education, Penguin Group (USA), Simon & Schuster and John Wiley & Sons.
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