This week’s BusinessWeek magazine has an article that just firms up my belief that GoogleScholar can, in fact, deliver what it promises (eventually) but it’ll likely be a huge hole down which the company will have to pour more cash and energy than they anticipated.
In essence: the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) sent Google a letter on May 20 that blasted them for massive copyright infringement, or their intention to commit such, anyway. (The letter in question is posted here.)
My question to Google is "WTF guys? You’re not stupid or incompetent . . . did anybody do their homework at HQ? If not, why not? And if so, then what led y’all to think this would be a non-issue?"
Just wondering. I expect Google will figure out something eventually and get some kind of permissions to proceed with this plan, but (as I said and will keep saying) I think they’ve got a steep learning curve ahead of them. For all that, I wish them luck and hope they can pull this off.