alerts us to yet another lawsuit
concerning Google's book scanning project -- even as it's deep in negotiations to come up with a new settlement
with authors and publishers. Somehow... I doubt this new lawsuit is one that will cause too much turmoil within Google, however, as it appears to be a self-published author (representing himself in the lawsuit as well) who uploaded his own book to Google and then was confused about how the controls worked... so he decided to sue for copyright infringement. The full lawsuit is here:
It includes such gems as the following line of reasoning:
Listing my entire book on the internet minimized my chances of finding other chances of finding publishers and buyers because they listed the entire book on the internet.
But, as you read through the supporting documents, including the helpful emails from Google staff, it becomes clear that the guy misunderstood how Google Books works. After uploading his own book, there's an option to choose how much of the book is made available. He chose 100%, incorrectly believing that 100% meant none of the book would be published. Instead, he just keeps demanding that only the specific pages he wants Google to publish should be published. Google doesn't appear to have that functionality... so the guy is suing for copyright infringement. Somehow, I don't expect this case will get very far.