David Drummond Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel Andrew McLaughlin Senior Policy Counsel Alexander Macgillivray Senior Product and Intellectual Property Counsel on behalf of Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, California 94043
March 25, 2005 Jule L. Sigall Associate Register for Policy & International Affairs U.S. Copyright Office Copyright GC/I&R P.O. Box 70400 Southwest Station Washington, D.C. 20024 Re: Google’s Response to Notice of Inquiry Regarding Orphan Works Dear Mr. Sigall: Google appreciates the opportunity to respond to the Copyright Office’s Notice of Inquiry regarding orphan works. In this letter, we describe Google and the services it offers, outline how Google is directly impacted by the problems presented by orphan works and propose a resolution to the orphan works problem that serves the interests of both the public and copyright holders. About Google and Google Print Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. We work to fulfill that mission by providing innovative search technology to people all over the world for free. Our web search service is one well-known example: users can instantly find web sites relevant to their queries from the more than eight billion we have cataloged and indexed. Whether users are looking for a specific section of the Copyright Act or the derivation of the phrase “needle in a haystack,” we point users to the web sites that will help them.
-2- We now seek to apply our search and presentation technologies to books. Google Print is a new Google service that aims to make searching for books, and the information contained in them, as easy as searching for web sites. At its core,