When Google first started its digitizing books project the Author’s Guild sued them on behalf of authors. In November of 2009 there was an amended settlement.
The amended settlement is now before Federal Court and my hunch is the court will approve it.
Stanford University announced today that they were signing onto the agreement.
The next step of course is the U.S. Supreme Court, although I have no idea if anyone will take it that far.
I wish I’d read The Case For Books before this, but I didn’t.
Stanford is right when it says the project will increase public access – at least for the time being. But what happens if Google gets sold? Or Google’s benign intent changes?
I’m increasingly uneasy with the corporatization of everything.