Post Number: 12
|Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010 - 08:16 pm: |
Is January 28, 2010.
The Google Settlement has not changed much except for eliminating works from countries other than the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK. And, by indefinitely extending the deadline by which Google may scan copyrighted works published before 2009.
The proposed, ridiculously low compensation for copyright holders has not improved. Furthermore, a Google representative recently said in an interview that Google plans to use the contents of all these books to enrich its search engine--for which, under the Settlement, copyright holders will receive no payment whatever, in addition to enduring free competition with their in-print works. Google, however, will make tons of money selling ads next to those books. For further information, see:
If you opted into version 1.0, you can now opt out again. There may be further versions of the Settlement, but it is unclear whether there will be further opt-out opportunities. However, it is set up so you can (so far) always opt _in_: It's been pretty much a one-way street.
Personally, I think you can't lose by opting out. Enough opt-outs may induce improvement in the terms and an opt-out, unlike probably an opt-in, is not final. The National Writers Union gives further information and a sample opt-out letter with the relevant addresses:
Ursula Le Guin provided considerable valuable publicity by publicly resigning from the Author's Guild over their failure to resist Google's plan to dominate the publishing industry at one fell swoop. I believe that the prominent authors on this list could provide equally valuable publicity, and support for their fellow authors, by some public opt-out gesture or statement. (I do what I can, but I'm totally obscure.)