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Brin Spin – Google brands ebook monopoly critics ‘shortsighted’

(The guy is like something sinister from a horror movie!)

In October, the company settled a lawsuit from the US Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, and if approved by the court the deal would hand Google – among other things – an eternal license to scan and sell and post ads against so-called “orphan works,” books whose rights are controlled by authors and publishers who have ceased to exist or can’t otherwise be located.

And this legal protection would apply only to Google. “Google will have permission to bring under its sole control information that has been accessible through public institutions for centuries,” Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle wrote in an editorial published earlier this week by The Washington Post. “In essence, Google will be privatizing our libraries.”

Of course, Sergey Brin doesn’t see the problem. In an interview with The New York Times, he said the settlement would allow Google to offer widespread access to millions of books that are largely hidden in university libraries. “We are increasing choices,” Mr. Brin told The Times. “There was no option prior to this to get these sorts of books online.”

Ah, but that’s because no one else was willing to get themselves sued for multimillions of dollars.

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