The University of California has struck a deal with Google in which Google will scan several million of the 34 million titles that UC has in its libraries. UC is just the latest addition to the vast amount of support Google has obtained for its ambitious "Google Books" project. High profile schools and libraries such as Stanford, Harvard, Oxford, the University of Michigan, and the New York Public Library are already on board, and there's a good chance we'll see more in the future.
"In response to the legal threats, several of Google's library backers said last year they would proceed with the scanning of public domain works, but deferred plans to digitize copyrighted books in order to steer clear of the controversy.
Michigan was alone in saying it planned to proceed with the scanning of both in-copyright and out-of-copyright materials.
Colvin said the University of California Libraries shared Michigan's view that Google's project enjoys "fair use" protection and had agreed to scan copyrighted works."