Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[publishing] A bit more on the banal evil of the Google books settlement

Literary agent Ashley Grayson on the Google Books settlement. Go read it.

Some of you read my prior post on this [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ], which generated a pretty interesting comment thread.

Nothing I've read since then makes me feel any better. For one thing, everybody seems to have a different conclusion about it, which tells me it isn't the least bit clear cut. That lack of consensus in and of itself is a bad thing, because it tells me this is a crappy settlement if no one involved can explain it the same way.

So far as I can determine, my rights as a copyright holder are being permanently hijacked, and the advice I'm getting boils down to "relax and enjoy it, you can't afford to sue Google anyway."

Those of you who work at Google, what the hell happened to "Don't be evil?" You've jumped the shark, guys. Wretchedly so. In fact, let me say a hearty "fuck you very much" to your entire organization.

I hate that I'm going to have to stop using Gmail, Google Maps, Google Desktop, Google search, and all the other really cool stuff Google has put into my life. But what else am I going to do? Because this thing is vile, it stinks to high heaven, and I'm being ripped off both now and in perpetuity by Google.

Thanks a million, Larry and Sergey. You guys have really made my publishing career.

Originally published at jlake.com.

Tags: books, personal, publishing, writing

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