Friday, September 23, 2005

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Dear Authors Guild,

I was very surprised to read your press release concerning your recent legal action against Google Print. Your claims are misleading and inaccurate. For example, you say "Google is reproducing works still under cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 protection of copyright [which is] a plain and brazen violation of copyright law." That's not true. Reproduction of copyrighted material is perfectly legal under many circumstances, including excerpts. This exactly how cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 company publishes such material barring expressed permission from cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 author. You should be happy Google is making it easier for people to access cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 written word; real writers want cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir works read. Instead, you are betraying cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 craft by attempting to extinguish cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 free flow of information.

As an aspiring author and an avid reader myself, I want to let you know that I will never join your organization because of this disgraceful stunt. Whenever I consider purchasing a book, I will reference your site and firmly boycott any publication devised by one of your members. I will pass on this advice to my fellow Ph.D. students and I am certain many will follow my lead.

Your actions make me ashamed to be a writer.

Sincerely,
David Youngberg


I, of course, sent it using my gmail account.

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Anonymous said...

Your letter make me ashamed to be a lawyer.

Erik said...

Always nice to read commends of anonymous cowardice lawyers. I do agree with this text as I think it's a great thing that books (excerpts for God's sake!) get online so I can find books I need for study much easier without visiting many libraries or bookstores without any results! Google Print makes it possible to determine where to find good titles for study or research, and indeed enables authors to get more "visibility" and thus sell more. Anyone against this doesn't get cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 basic economics and any author who is afraid that people wont buy his books when only cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 content page is published (which is mostly cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 case) is very insecure about his own writing skills!

Fabrice Lyczba: said...

Lunacy, indeed. Misleading, too. Google Library is a bookstore, not a library right now. I've got some more comments at http://fabsunjour.blogger.com . Would love to know what you think of my take on this.

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