logo

Against Monopoly

defending the right to innovate

Google Book Contract

Monopoly corrupts. Absolute monopoly corrupts absolutely.





Copyright Notice: We don't think much of copyright, so you can do what you want with the content on this blog. Of course we are hungry for publicity, so we would be pleased if you avoided plagiarism and gave us credit for what we have written. We encourage you not to impose copyright restrictions on your "derivative" works, but we won't try to stop you. For the legally or statist minded, you can consider yourself subject to a Creative Commons Attribution License.


back

Update and critique of the proposed GOOGLE settlement

In the spirit of April 1, Miracle Jones at Slashdot writes, "In a move that has shocked the publishing world, Judge Denny Chin has filed a brief saying that he has decided to cut the Google Book Settlement in half, letting Google host the first half of every book the company has scanned, and letting other interested stakeholders fight for the rights to the rest." link here

More compelling is Annalee Newitz' long highly critical discussion of the proposed GBS (Google Book Settlement" entitled 5 Ways The Google Book Settlement Will Change The Future of Reading link here.

The five ways are: 1. It may become harder to get information online about books from writers you love.

2. You will find yourself reading free books online, by authors who have disappeared. And Google will make money when you do.

3. Google will be competing with Apple and Amazon and everybody else to be your favorite online bookseller.

4. Libraries and bookstores will be the same thing.

5. Pulp science fiction will make a comeback in ways you might not expect.

These points don't really do justice to the content of the piece. For those hung up on copyright monopolies, the GBS won't do. For those who want to see all those books that have evaporated into the "Out of Print" ether or are in libraries with the only copy, some settlement like the one proposed makes sense. Still, it might be better if time is allowed to run and wear the two sides down to a compromise.


Comments

For now Google is the monopolist of the Internet, custom term paper can prove you that fact
Books are very important because it can informs us about so many things just like having a proper education. However, some of us may not afford to go to school. This current recession was associated with financial instruments and real estate - thus, the quicker real estate as an industry starts to do better; the closer we get to earlier conditions. The February home sales improved by over 8% - and some people predict another housing bubble might take place, because homes have become cheaper and individuals are more willing to purchase. Granted, just because prices are depressed doesn't mean you can buy a home with a few payday advances. Here's the thing about bubbles - bubbles are generated by increased demand, which leads to greater prices. At some time, individuals stop purchasing because it's too expensive, prices fall, and once bottom is reached, the market recovers.
Speaking of books, does nobody learn proper English writing anymore? The first comment on this post is grammatically laughable, as well as not making semantic sense. The second shows good grammar, but lacks coherence. The single paragraph rambles from topic to topic with no unifying theme or "main idea". It's more like stream of consciousness than good prose.

Back in my day, we had to write these things called "essays" on various topics and got graded partly on our expressed understanding of those topics but, to a significant extent, also on how we structured our writing.

If I were grading the above in an English class, I'd give the first comment here an F and the second a D-.

Try to do better in the future, please.


Submit Comment

Blog Post

Name:

Email (optional):

Your Humanity:

Prove you are human by retyping the anti-spam code.
For example if the code is unodosthreefour,
type 1234 in the textbox below.

Anti-spam Code
UnoThreeSixSeven:


Post



   

Most Recent Comments

The right to rub smooth using a hardened steel tool with ridges Finally got around to looking at the comments, sorry for delay... Replying to Stephan: I'm sorry

Let's See: Pallas, Pan, Patents, Persephone, Perses, Poseidon, Prometheus... Seems like a kinda bizarre proposal to me. We just need to abolish the patent system, not replace

The right to rub smooth using a hardened steel tool with ridges I'm a bit confused by this--even if "hired to invent" went away, that would just change the default

Do we need a law? @ Alexander Baker: So basically, if I copy parts of 'Titus Andronicus' to a webpage without

Do we need a law? The issue is whether the crime is punished not who punishes it. If somebody robs our house we do

Do we need a law? 1. Plagiarism most certainly is illegal, it is called "copyright infringement". One very famous

Yet another proof of the inutility of copyright. The 9/11 Commission report cost $15,000,000 to produce, not counting the salaries of the authors.

WKRP In Cincinnati - Requiem For A Masterpiece P.S. The link to Amazon's WKRP product page:

WKRP In Cincinnati - Requiem For A Masterpiece Hopefully some very good news. Shout! Factory is releasing the entire series of WKRP in Cincinnati,

What's copywritable? Go fish in court. @ Anonymous: You misunderstood my intent. I was actually trying to point out a huge but basic

Rights Violations Aren't the Only Bads I hear that nonsense from pro-IP people all the

Intellectual Property Fosters Corporate Concentration Yeah, I see the discouragement of working on a patented device all the time. Great examples

Music without copyright Hundreds of businessmen are looking for premium quality article distribution services that can be

Les patent trolls ne sont pas toujours des officines

Les patent trolls ne sont pas toujours des officines

Patent Lawyers Who Don't Toe the Line Should Be Punished! Moreover "the single most destructive force to innovation is patents". We'd like to unite with you

Bonfire of the Missalettes!

Does the decline in total factor productivity explain the drop in innovation? So, if our patent system was "broken," TFP of durable goods should have dropped. Conversely, since

Does the decline in total factor productivity explain the drop in innovation? I wondered about TFP, because I had heard that TFP was increasing. Apparently, it depends on who

Music without copyright I do agree with all the ideas you have presented in your post. They are very convincing and will