Will Others Now Line Up To Get Paid From Google?

from the bad-precedents dept

I know that many folks disagree with my view that Google's decision to settle with book authors and publishers was a huge long term strategic mistake, but it appears others are beginning to recognize the issues. Already, we've seen Harvard bail out on the deal, since it seems to work at cross purposes to Harvard's mission, but more importantly, others are realizing the implicit statement behind Google's caving: information is not free, and those who have information should line up to Google and demand to get paid. In fact, as found on Romenesko, some are wondering when newspaper and magazine execs will realize what the book scanning deal means, and start demanding the same sort of deal from Google. I would suggest it goes even further than that. If Google is setting up a pool to pay authors, and if that leads to them doing a similar thing for newspapers and magazines, why not other websites as well? Google has now set a precedent of being willing to pay in order to display works in its index, and that's going to backfire badly.

Filed Under: book scanning, free, information, paid, settlement
Companies: google


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 5 Nov 2008 @ 11:49am

    Re: Well

    Should advertisers pay you too when they advertise for you? oh wait, thats right... you pay them.

    Just because someone makes money off of something you did does *not* entitle you to payment. If its something thats innovative, doesn't hurt you or your sales (in fact, is almost guaranteed to HELP), and its a service you don't offer... why should you get paid? Does google pay websites to index them? Why is that any different? Its virtually the exact same service except it makes it easier for people to purchase from you.

    You don't need to double dip here. You're already getting paid with free advertising and traffic... why do you need to get paid for someone to help you?

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