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.