Google Books: All Society Benefits

November 15, 2013

You can read the news about the Google win in many places. I wanted to capture a quote from the New York Times’s story “Siding with Google, Judge Says Book Search Does Not Infringe Copyright.” You can find the story on page B7 of the rural Kentucky edition of the paper or you can try this link. (If it is dead, hey, don’t complain to me. Ring up Google’s SEO help desk.)

Lots of juicy quotes. Here’s the keeper:

Judge Chin wrote in his ruling, “Indeed, all society benefits.”

If Google benefits “all society” in this instance, will there be further drift so that Google’s action are okay in other spheres. With Amazon enlisting the US Postal Service to deliver talcum power and Kindles, what part of the government will Google tap. The key is the “all society.” I wonder how folks in other countries feel about the “all society” phrase?

Stephen E Arnold, November 15, 2013


One Response to “Google Books: All Society Benefits”

  1. Paul T. Jackson on November 16th, 2013 11:44 am

    Even though the Judge says “all” society benefits…the writers don’t. And maybe the publishers who settled with Google are happy,

    The truth is that under the law, Google infringed big time and may get away with not much more than a slap on the wrist. It even says so in the court documents that there was infringement.

    What bothers me even more is that the universities; the seats of learning and writing, are continuing to allow books to be copied by Google for use with the Universities consortium Hathi-Trust…with the knowledge that Google will continue to use these scans for it’s own commercial endeavors…AND WITHOUT REMUNERATION TO AUTHORS.

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