A leading US academic has defended Google's controversial plan to digitise the contents of major libraries. Speaking to the Association of American Publishers (AAP), which is suing Google, Mary Sue Coleman called Google Book Search “legal, ethical and noble”.
Coleman heads the University of Michigan, which is participating in the project and numbers Google founder Larry Page among its graduates. According to her, Google would preserve books from decay but would not infringe copyright. The AAP, which includes major publishers such as Penguin, filed a lawsuit against Google in New York in October 2005 claiming that Google will infringe their copyrights. Coleman describes her university's partnership with Google in terms of a “mission”.