Google has antagonised many publishers by scanning and databasing books held in libraries, which are not out of copyright, and for which Google has not sought permission from the publisher or copyright holder. Some publishers have launched court cases, others are on the verge of direct action.
The court cases will proabably decide these matters in the end, but I wonder whether Google really needs to upset its potential partners by appearing to ignore the claims of copyright?
In this context, it is a relief to see that Google are at least seeking contractual authorisation before launching their new Google Interiors service.
Sandra Niehaus has a rare comic talent. Thurberesque.