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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

WE Won! At least the battle...

I want to post what NPR and Silicon Valley said about the Google digitizing project. Judge Denny Chin ruled today that Google may not take our copyrights and make money from them while we starve and die waiting to be published or waiting for sales... Google had planned to pay us a one time fee for the thefts up to $65 a copyright and we the workers, were to divide the "up to"... with co authors, illustrators, and inheritors. That is less than one pays to copyright a manuscript.  Then Google was going to sell our works a'la Carte, which is how google makes it's money. With no further compensation to us, Gog planned to print our works and sell them, keeping the profits for GOG. I was declared an "orphan" author even though I tried to get in touch with all the different fronts Gog had and never once did I receive a reply from Gog. NOt only that but on some sites in order to tell gog you didn't want in on thier program if you read the small print it said ...you give up your copyright if you proceed on this site. So in order to talk to them you had to give up your copyright. Very sneaky.
Check out my other blogs on this matter for the intimate detail found in the small print.
Here is what NPR , Silicon Valley and His Honor Denny Chin said about it: " Judge Rejects Deal That Would've Allowed Google To Digitize All Books

federal judge in New York has rejected a $125 million settlement between Google and lawyers for authors and publishers. The settlement was supposed to allow Google to proceed with its ambitious plan to digitize books and create the world's biggest digital library.
The San Jose Mercury News'

The settlement would have created a plan for compensating copyright holders. But the judge ruled that it is not fair or adequate. [see MAI Blog on that ]
"While the digitization of books and the creation of a universal digital library would benefit many," the judge wrote in a 48-page ruling filed Tuesday, the settlement "would simply go too far."[see MAI Blog on that ]
The settlement stemmed from a lawsuit brought on in 2005 by the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers, which argued that Google's plans to digitize books and provide snipets online violated copyrights on a massive scale.
The settlement, reports Bloomberg, would have created a "Book Rights Registry to compensate copyright holders." [see MAI Blog on that ]
Bloomberg also reports that authors in New Zealand, Italy, Austria and other countries were against the settlement, because they claimed it violated international copyright law.[see MAI Blog on that ]

The AP has a bit more on U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin's ruling:
Chin said the deal gives Goggle "a significant advantage over competitors."He said it would be "rewarding it for engaging in wholesale copying of copyrighted works without permission, while releasing claims well beyond those presented in the case." [see MAI Blog on that ]In his ruling, federal Judge Denny Chin of New York rejected a proposed settlement between Google and a group of authors and publishers who filed a class-action lawsuit in 2005. The suit claimed Google's plans would infringe on copyrights on a massive scale."[see MAI Blog on that ]