Copyright Maximalists Can't Help But Inject Bogus 'Copyright Wins!' Argument Into Google/Publisher Settlement

from the seriously? dept

In the wake of the settlement concerning book scanning by Google and a variety of book publishers, the Copyright Clearance Center issued one of the more ridiculous statements concerning the situation, in which they basically read into the agreement something that was never there:
"Today's news not only further establishes the value of copyright, but also points to the importance of working with rightsholders when undertaking mass digitization. Collaboration is key when it comes to copyright."
First of all, nothing in the seven-year fight or the settlement helped to "establish the value of copyright." Quite the contrary. It seemed to show what a disaster copyright is today in that it could be used to delay the creation of an amazing resource for the world through highly questionable copyright claims. As for the argument that it's important to "work with" rightsholders when doing things like this, that too is misleading. All it showed is how those rightsholders can hold up the useful creation of such a resource -- and highlight why "permission society" is holding back innovation and better tools for learning and education.

Filed Under: book scanning, copyright, settlement
Companies: copyright clearance center, google, publishers association

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Oct 2012 @ 12:25pm

    In my dreams, one day the people are going to wake up to how copyright is holding back innovation in favor of making a buck.

    I do want inventors and artists to get paid for what the create but do I have to wait 1 and 1/2 lifetimes to recognize any value to society?

    To the trolls, I recognize you are just trying to chip away at society to get people to make a moral judgement and defer to paying rights holders for 100+ years. It's clear and understandable. However, in my mind, the draconian efforts going in to keeping the money rolling in forever is unreasonable and is holding back clear progress.

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