Comments: Google Print - Fair Use vs "Microsales"

I have made a similar point. Google is not only serving one snippet to one searcher, but many to many.

That is relevant when talking about the "portion used" under Section 107. I think serving lots of snippets all over the book means that _Google_ is using the whole book, even if individual searchers only get to look at a view lines.

Posted by Karl-Friedrich Lenz at November 19, 2005 09:40 AM

And again, it assumes the only commercial value for the author/publisher is in the work as a whole, so snippets don't undercut that.

But in the case of recipes, I may only need one or two pages in a longer book.

Not only that, but if you really know how to search and which terms to use, Amazon and Google can easily be used to read longer sections of a work, as I've done with Our Bodies Ourselves or even to read a complete short-story within a collection. Not an ideal reading experience, but eminently doable.

Posted by Lis Riba at November 21, 2005 03:13 PM

Lis Riba,

The Google Library project will not present snippets of page size, only a few words on the left and right of the query. You might be confused with the other Google programme, which is being done on opt-in basis, and is, IIRC, called Google Print project.

So, for the Google Library project, it is impossible to find a full recipe (unless it's something like "crack egg, scramble, fry") and for the second it is being done with publisher/authorial approval.

Let's try to keep things clear and not create more confusion and uncertainty on this.

Posted by David at November 26, 2005 06:09 AM