2009


The Audacity of the Google Book Search Settlement

The Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pamela-samuelson/the-audacity-of-the-googl_b_255490.html

By Pamela Samuelson

Sorry, Kindle. The Google Book Search settlement will be, if approved, the most significant book industry development in the modern era. Exploiting an opportunity made possible by lawsuits brought by a small number of plaintiffs on one narrow issue, Google has negotiated a settlement agreement designed to give it a compulsory license to all books in copyright throughout the world forever. This settlement will transform the future of the book industry and of public access to the cultural heritage of mankind embodied in books. How audacious is that?

8/10/2009