“According to a list of Chinese books Google had scanned to put up in its digital library, 8,000 pieces of works of 2,600 writers from Chinese Writers Association were involved in the case, said China Written Works Copyright Society (CWWCS),” it stated.
Now Asia-Pacific head of Google Books Erik Hartmann has said Sorry.
“Through the discussions and communications of recent months, it is our understanding that our communications with Chinese writers have not been good enough,” Hartmann says, according to the latest China Daily post.
“Google is willing to apologise to Chinese authors.”
In addition, Goople will “provide an expanded list of Chinese books it used, and a timetable for resolution of the copyright issue,” says Zhang Hongbo, deputy director of China Written Works Copyright Society, in the story.
China Daily also quotes Yang Chengzhi, secretary of the Chinese Writers Association (CWA), as stating:
“We will have a serious study of the apology and hear the authors’ opinions before we decide whether or not to accept Google’s apology.”
Although Google claims “scanning books and allowing readers to browse them on the Internet is legal, it has never provided the relevant laws that support its argument,” said Wang Ziqiang, director of the department of copyright management under China’s National Copyright Administration, the story adds.
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