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9:40 AM -- Has Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) got a big target painted on its back, or what? Now the writers are mad at them.

According to the Associated Press, the Author's Guild is suing Google for trying to build a digital library:

NEW YORK - An organization of more than 8,000 authors accused Google Inc. Tuesday of "massive copyright infringement," saying the powerful Internet search engine cannot put its books in the public domain for commercial use without permission. "The authors' works are contained in certain public and university libraries and have not been licensed for commercial use," The Author's Guild Inc. said in the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Now, I'm no lawyer, but it seems to me that if a for-profit Internet company wants to copy the world's books, there might be some legal issues there.

Come to think of it, the last few things Google has announced are all copies of other products: Google Video, GoogleTalk (VOIP), Gmail (email), and now its own Internet (see Google's Own Private Internet).

Is Google becoming nothing more than the world's most prolific copycat? Maybe somebody should start a company called Coogle (Copy Google).

— R. Scott Raynovich, US Editor, Light Reading

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