So asks Jennifer Massoni on Vanityfair.com.  I’ve been functioning on the assumption that it’s not so bad, but I might be not so right about that.  Massoni does a good job explaining why the settlement is so problematic.

The background is that last October, Google reached a $125 million settlement that allows Google to, “…provide universal access to all of the books it has scanned and would create a Book Rights Registry—run by the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers—to distribute a portion of Google Books’s eventual profits to the proper copyright holders (and, when necessary, to track them down). In theory, these measures lay the groundwork for the largest digital library in history.”

There’s a hearing on October 4th to determine whether “the settlement agreement violates antitrust, privacy, and copyright laws.”

It gets more complicated from there, so just read the article.

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