Friday, September 04, 2009

Google Settlement

Time to opt out. This is the day and the hour. I almost forgot but thankfully Access Copyright, of which I am a member, reminded me. The whole thing is utterly ridiculous. How did matters progress from the question of Google digitising orphaned works - perfectly acceptable given that nobody owns them and they would otherwise be lost forever - to suddenly digitising EVERYTHING on the planet! And since when did American law suddenly apply to EVERY COUNTRY on the planet! Bizarre. We already have established copyright laws in all publishing territories. This kind of carry-on only serves to undermine them. Done and dusted. I filled out the form. I'm out.

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