SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc. has rebuffed Google Inc.'s attempt to learn more
about its efforts to create digital copies of books, dealing the Internet search
leader another setback as it prepares to fight against a copyright infringement
In rejecting Google's request, Yahoo adopted the same stance taken last month
by Internet retailer Amazon.com Inc.
Google believes it can defend its plans to provide online access to millions
of library books by obtaining more details about similar projects involving some
of its biggest rivals.
A group of publishers and the Authors Guild sued Google in a New York federal
court last year, alleging the Mountain View-based company didn't get proper
approval to make copies of books available to anyone with an Internet
As its gathers evidence for its case, Google has subpoenaed Amazon.com, Yahoo
and Microsoft Corp., among others.
Both Yahoo and Microsoft are part of a large alliance of businesses and
libraries working together to create a digital database of books. Amazon.com has
scanned a large number of books so consumers can read excerpts from books that
they may want to buy.
Like Amazon.com, Yahoo lashed out at Google's request as a brazen attempt to
pry into its trade secrets.
"There is simply no need for Google to be peering into the minds and
computers of Yahoo employees," Yahoo's lawyer wrote in a 17-page list of
objections delivered to Google last week.
Sunnyvale-based Yahoo provided The Associated Press with a copy of its
objections Wednesday. The objections eventually may become public record if
Google asks a judge to force Yahoo to comply with its subpoena.
As of late Wednesday, Google hadn't responded to a request for comment about
Microsoft declined to discuss its response to Google's