Sunday, November 1, 2009

Google Book Settlement Angers Chinese Authors

I have written extensively on this blog that the biggest beneficiary of the Google Book Settlement as it is currently configured is Google. Surprise. Surprise. Surprise. Did I just say that or was that my Gomer Pyle impression? Fortunately, the U.S. Deparment of Justice and the U.S. Copyright Office has strenuously objected to the settlement and the parties are back at the negotiating table. According to the New York Times, the current settlement may create some international difficulties for the U.S. because the proposed settlement may affect authors whose rights are protected under various international treaties. I am not surprised that international authors are against the proposed settlement. I am just a bit surprised that it has taken so long for the international community to become mobilized.

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