Over at Writer Beware, Victoria Strauss has posted some more information detailing how writers are fighting the Google Books Settlement. The DoJ is opposed to the settlement (I did not KNOW this . . . that’s encouraging). Perhaps the case might go to the Supreme Court and actually be argued out sensibly!
I know it rankled a few of you to read my previous post and see that I wouldn’t care if The Man took my stuff and posted it without asking, as long as it was posted with my name as author . . . I did explain that it’s because I’m crazy. I didn’t mean to imply that they weren’t violating your copyright when they do that, because they ARE. And of course that is wrong. They should ask FIRST and not post books if they are told NO, but in this society there is such a “do it and then apologize if you get into a problem” mentality that they don’t bother. (Who taught people that?! My old manager at work?)
My point was, in part, that I don’t think that anyone or anything is going to make the corporation back off and take your books down now that they’re already getting away with it, or stop putting new books up. Not unless the President were to specifically address it, or the Supreme Court (about which, follow the link!) In today’s world, big business does what it wants. Is that right? No! But Congress is in bed with big money and the influential corporations (IMHO–but just LOOK at what goes on) and lobbyists, and I don’t trust any of our “leaders” not to be influenced by big money. So I was just saying that it doesn’t matter WHAT writers want–big money is probably going to end up getting what it wants. We should fight it, but we shouldn’t hold our breath. The dragon generally wins . . . it’s wrong, but that’s today’s world. We’re out here tilting at windmills and trying to make people do right, and that’s noble and honorable. But we may not see the RIGHT THING done here.
Still, it’s worth watching.
No wonder people get more cynical as they get older. (Duh!)