Quote of the Hearing

At last week’s hearing before Judge Chin, opponents of the Gobble Books (because let’s face it, they aren’t being Googled, they’re being gobbled up) Agreement pointed out that Google would have the right to scan and sell orphan works, and Hadrian Katz, a lawyer for the Internet Archive, a nonprofit group that is scanning books for its own digitization project, said,

“You can’t settle a claim for copyright infringement by authorizing the miscreant to continue to infringe copyright.”

The issue of requiring authors to opt out of the GBA, rather than in, continues to be deal-breaker for Google.  GB is banking on authors not noticing their rights have been voilated till after the fact.  Can you spell “lawsuit”?

Published in: on February 22, 2010 at 8:50 AM  Leave a Comment  

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