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March 23, 2011

Judge to Google's Scanner-in-Chief Larry Page: Shove those millions of "free" books

Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: A message to you, Larry
The [settlement agreement] would grant Google control over the digital commercialization of millions of books, including orphan books and other unclaimed works. And it would do so even though Google engaged in wholesale, blatant copying, without first obtaining copyright permissions. While its competitors went through the "painstaking" and "costly" process of obtaining permissions before scanning copyrighted books, "Google by comparison took a shortcut by copying anything and everything regardless of copyright status." As one objector put it: "Google pursued its copyright project in calculated disregard of authors' rights. Its business plan was: 'So, sue me.'"

Well, now thousands can... and will.

Posted by Vanderleun at March 23, 2011 2:11 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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