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Google could be heading for copyright spat over digital magazine move

Antony Savvas

Google is adding digitised magazines to search results for its Google Book Search digital book service, in a move that will surely lead to another copyright spat with authors.

The first magazines have already been added to the book site. Google said, "We are announcing an initiative to help bring more magazine archives and current magazines online, partnering with publishers to begin digitising millions of articles, from titles as diverse as New York Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and Ebony."

As well as bringing up digital versions of magazine articles, the magazine search engine results will be accompanied by adverts.

It is expected that the advertising revenue will be shared with the publishers freeing up "their" articles. But some authors of those articles may not appreciate the deal.

Google recently settled with a number of US authors and publishers over the book deal, and will no doubt be planning for more flak coming its way over the magazine service.

Google said of the service, "Over time, as we scan more articles, you will see more and more magazines appear in Google Book Search results. Eventually, we will also begin blending magazine results into our main Google.com search results, so you may begin finding magazines you didn't even know you were looking for."


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