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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-04-24 14:10
Subject: [publishing] A bit more on the banal evil of the Google books settlement
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Tags:books, personal, publishing, writing
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.

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Alyssa: Master is Not Amused
User: aqeldroma
Date: 2009-04-24 23:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Master is Not Amused
I was one of your commentators on the previous thread, coming hot off the symposium that Columbia held to clarify it. Since then I took a second look at the language of the agreement itself--which was much more enlightening than the conference, it's sad to say--and did a not-so-brief analysis of it here.

Please do ignore what I said previously. I'm glad I took a second look, because some of those points were definitely glossed over during the conference.

Edited at 2009-04-25 12:02 am (UTC)
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User: csinman
Date: 2009-04-24 23:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You called it with your first post. I saw some subsequent things that made it sound all right, but the more I read about this issue the more it looks like scary shit.

They're effectively deciding right now how people will find and read books in the future, and since most of the world doesn't even know it's going on or that it will impact them even if they're not an author, they don't care. By the time they do care, it will be too late.

It kind of feels like it's already too late now.
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Bob
User: yourbob
Date: 2009-04-24 23:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you. I did my little opt out thing. I hadn't really thought about it before today.
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