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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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Nov 2008 @ 4:44am

    Re: Umm... I don't get it

    What Google is doing with books (republishing them online without the copyright-holder's knowledge or permission) is fundamentally different and completely unrelated to what they do with websites (linking to them).
    As I understand it, Google wasn't making the entire books available, just excerpts. Google's web search also returns excerpts of web pages so it is similar in that way, not different. Same principle.

    Now if Google is agreeing that its book scanning project is wrong in principle, then by that same principle it's web scanning service is also wrong. Also, Google's web cache is currently opt-out, not opt-in. If the book scanning should be opt-in, then shouldn't the web scanning also opt-in? Copyright applies to the web as well as printed books.

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