Monday, September 28, 2009

Google Steals Libraries

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Boston Globe, July 24, 2009
Dan Clancy
Now that the settlement is dead, the Justice
Department should ask Google to stop all
scanning of in-copyright works, and place all
previously-scanned, in-copyright works that
were scanned without express permission
of the rights holder, in a dark archive. Google
can use them when opt-in permission of the
rights-holder is obtained, or when Congress
or the Supreme Court resolves copyright
infringement issues.

So what if we're evil:
"We're going full steam
ahead, no matter what happens with the settle-
ment." —Dan Clancy, Google Books executive

Google Scholar metadata is full of errors

Court cancels the fairness hearing (PDF, 22 K)

Google on trial in France for book scanning

Scott Cleland: An analysis of the DOJ's position

U.S. Justice Dept: Settlement should be rejected by the Court (PDF, 247 K)

Consumer Watchdog writes to the Justice Dept (PDF, 92 K)

Five state attorneys general file objections

Copyright Office: Settlement would let Google break the law (PDF, 64 K)

Google: We have lots of book-settlement fanboys (so there!)

House Judiciary Committee hearing on September 10 (PDF, 288 K)

Microsoft: "The Court lacks jurisdiction" (PDF, 168 K)

Consumer Watchdog files an objection (PDF, 138 K)

French government files an objection (PDF, 292 K)

Open Book Alliance files an objection (PDF, 242 K)
"29 months of secret negotiations" by a "cartel" bent on "monopoly"

EFF: Privacy objection by authors and publishers (PDF, 258 K)

DC Comics files an objection (PDF, 67 K)

Yahoo!: Google gets an unfair search advantage (PDF, 90 K)

EPIC: Motion to intervene on behalf of user privacy (PDF, 202 K)

IILP at New York Law School files an objection (PDF, 269 K) files an objection (PDF, 595 K)

German government files an objection

Google's book metadata is full of errors

Vanity Fair: Is the settlement evil? (it seems so)

Question: "Google, why are you copying all the copyrighted books
at major libraries?"
Google: "Because that's where the books are!"

New website: Open Book Alliance

Open Book Alliance to oppose settlement

European opposition mounts against Google

Libraries push for settlement changes

The settlement and Eurpoean authors

Objection by Scott E. Gant (PDF, 399 K)

ASJA says: "Stop the Google-ization of copyright law"

UC faculty writes to the Court: The settlement is unfair (PDF, 177 K)

Google muzzled us:
"[C]onfidentiality rules...prevented us
from having an opportunity to comment on...the agreement."

Pamela Samuelson: The audacity of the settlement

National Writers Union opposes settlement (PDF, 28 K)

Science fiction writers group (SFWA) opposes settlement

William Morris advises clients to say no to Google settlement

Letters to the Court

American Library Association takes a look

AAP official: Opponents of settlement are rabble-rousers

ACLU: Don't close the book on reader privacy

EPIC: Google books settlement and privacy

Copyright attorney: "Is Google too big to infringe?"

Brewster Kahle: A book grab by Google

Google-eyed U.Michigan gives away its library

Authors-publishers settlement with Google (PDF, 1.9 megs)

( But if your name is "Google" you may copy entire libraries. )

( You may hotlink to any of these and/or use them without attribution. )

U.Michigan library

Resistance is futile
NEXT STEP: Google wants photos of everyone on campus who reads books.

If you like books, you'll
love our chip in your brain!

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