What bonehead said. Reminds me of Lawrence Lessig's naive and ultimately mistaken belief that he could get the Supreme Court to overturn Congressional extension of copyright period. Just because starry-eyed digirati think something is a good idea doesn't mean that others agree, including our designated interpreters of the Constitution and laws.
Federal Judge Denny Chin ended a thirteen month consideration of Google Book's Settlement offer by rejecting it, saying it would give the company a “de facto monopoly.” [more inside]
Publishers Weekly said it was a “stunning” turnaround of expectations. Chin was “troubled by the high number of people — 6,800 — who opted out of the agreement.” PW cites New York Law School professor James Grimmelmann, who said Chin “was clearly swayed by what he saw as a broad base of opposition to the settlement from a diverse group of class members.” As a New York Times report by Miguel Helft summarized “Google’s ambition to create the world’s largest digital library and bookstore has run into the reality of a 300-year-old legal concept: copyright.” On the subject of orphan works, Chin says that Congress, not Google, would be better suited to decide on a mechanism for exploiting unclaimed books.
A Financial Times report says Google released a statement saying, “This is clearly disappointing, but we’ll review the court’s decision and consider our options. Like many others, we believe this agreement has the potential to open-up access to millions of books that are currently hard to find in the US today.” The case has been going since 2005, when Google was sued for copyright infringement for scanning books without permission. What next? Most likely Google will appeal with a new settlement offer, considering it has already scanned - illegally under current law - around 12 million books.
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