Thursday, March 19, 2009

Banal Evil or Fruit Basket Worthy?

This one leaves me scratching my head a bit.

It sounds - according to Jay Lake - that something very big and very unfortunate is happening in terms of copyright law, something that will eventually effect us all. He's a smart guy. I believe him. I also feel a bit powerless to do anything or to shape my feelings about this into a usable form. How about you? Take a look at Jay's post to see what I'm talking about...

Here's his post: The Banal Evil of the Google Copyright Settlement.

And then there's Cory Doctorow's take on the same thing. Seems a bit different. He's a smart guy too. I believe him. Hmm...

Here's Cory's post: Why Publishing Should Send Fruit-Baskets to Google.

And here's what the Authors Guild has to say about it...

A Brief Guide to the Benefits of the Authors Guild V. Google Settlement.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone pointed out on that thread, this settlement still gives the authors more rights than a landowner has on his land or a landlord on his house.

Perfectly in line with the continued abuse of the copyright laws who brought up to the currently fucked up situation, that, keeping in line with the metaphor, makes authors, and distributors, more akin to feudal lords than to free citizens of a modern state.

8:41 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

"Akin to feudal lords"? Me? If so I'll have to redefine my perception of feudal lords.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Bryan Russell said...

David, I'm sure lots of feudal lords ate curries and knocked oranges out of trees with various household implements. And, of course, they all had Jar Jar Binks figurines in their pools.


11:03 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Now that you mention it... I do aspire to sit around most of the day doing nothing that looks like work to honest people. Hmmm...

11:14 AM  
Blogger Mark Lavallee said...

What?! This is just backwards.

It's a testament to the have and have not's. Authors being the have not's here, and big corporations, like Google, *having* the means in which to walk all over everyone.

The real question here is, what will the publishers do? Will they step up and protect the work of their authors? Will the agents?

I get what Google is trying to do - offer a service to it's customers. Heck here we are on Blogger - a google backed service. But still... the line has to be drawn somewhere...

1:58 PM  

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