[kwlug-disc] Google book deal

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Sun Jan 24 00:01:32 EST 2010


Thanks! This is much clearer than my cryptic half sentence ...

On Sat, Jan 23, 2010 at 11:47 PM, Bob Jonkman <bjonkman at sobac.com> wrote:

> Local author and writer Laurel L. Russwurm suggests that Canadian authors
> opt out of the Google Book Scan settlement.
> The issue is that Google will be using scans of books for commercial
> purposes, and paying one blanket settlement to the American Author's Guild.
>  Authors and copyright holders will not be able to negotiate their own terms
> for this commercial use of their works.
>
> This will affect authors in the USA, Canada and Australia.   New Zealand,
> Ireland, South Africa and India have already opted out of this, preferring
> to deal with Google through their own country's author collectives rather
> than the American Author's Guild.
>
> More info at
> http://laurelrusswurm.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/google-book-search-opt-out-letter-writers/and
> http://laurelrusswurm.wordpress.com/2010/01/07/canadian-writers-artists-say-no-to-gbs-settlement/
>
> The deadline for opting out is 28 January, and the final decision will be
> handed down on 18 February..
>
> --Bob.
>
>
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>
> Paul Nijjar wrote:
>
>> On Sat, Jan 23, 2010 at 05:42:24PM -0500, Lori Paniak wrote:
>>
>>
>>> Does anyone know the details of Google's foray into book digitization?
>>> Taking control from "those who write it" doesn't sound very
>>> FLOS-friendly.  Or is this last-minute posturing by certain writers for a
>>> bigger slice of pie?
>>> http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2010/01/23/leguin-petition-google.html
>>>
>>>
>>
>> Here are a couple more links that help illustrate the issue:
>> This guy is against the settlement, but illustrates the conflict
>> pretty well. "Orphan" copyright holders get five years to come forward
>> and collect fees before those fees disappear. The author below says
>> that the Google scanning is opt-out, not opt-in, which is the problem:
>>
>> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-brantley/google-books-and-the-high_b_342318.html
>>
>> Cory Doctorow is against the Author's Guild lawsuit because it is a
>> class-action lawsuit, but he approves of Google indexing book results
>> (which is not exactly the same as what is going on, as far as I can
>> tell):
>> http://www.boingboing.net/2009/04/17/google-book-search-s-1.html
>>
>> - Paul
>>
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