Google Issues Apology to Chinese writers

In Oct. 2008, CWWCS officials revealed about 18,000 titles of books from 570 Chinese writers had been scanned by Google, with authors neither informed nor paid. According to a list provided by Google at the end of 2009, its on-line library involves some 80,000 categories of Chinese books, ten percent of which were works of 2,600 members of the CWA. The act had caused dissatisfaction among Chinese writers.

Chinese Writers Association (CWA) said it had received an apology from Google in the form of a written document.

Google admitted in the document which was forwarded to the CWA that it had scanned books under Chinese copyright for its online library. Google said through the recent talks it realized its communication with the Chinese writers was not good enough and would apologize for it.

Chinese books were an integral part of its book search service and would like to settle the dispute with Chinese writers through its negotiations with the China Written Works Copyright Society (CWWCS), the search engine said in the document,

The company planned to work out a settlement proposal and the framework of a agreement by March this year, the company said. Google also promised not to scan the books without authorization from Chinese writers. A formal agreement was expected to be reached by June, it added.

To date, three rounds of negotiations have been carried out between the CWWCS and the U.S. company. The fourth round is due on Jan. 12.

This news is from China electronics manufacturer.

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