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Re: Your Lawsuit is Not Helping Me or My Book

Copyright law is a construct conceived to create a balance between the
interests of society and those of the creative individual. Benefits do
count. That was the whole premise of copyright law. Wouldn't it be sad if
we lose sight of the spirit of the law and focus on the letter? If current
copyright law is not concerned with the balance of benefits any longer, it
needs to change. Literalism is a great problem for the world (and not just
in law, I might add).
Jan Velterop

"Sally Morris (ALPSP)" <sally.morris@alpsp.org> wrote:

I would say the question is even simpler than Joe's formulation. To my
mind, the question is - does copyright permit it? Not should it, even -
does it? In Europe at least, Google understands that it does not.

All the articles I've seen about how arguably beneficial Google indexing
is are completely beside the point.

Sally Morris, Chief Executive
Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers
Email: sally.morris@alpsp.org

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Joseph J. Esposito" 

Sent: Friday, October 28, 2005 11:54 PM
Subject: Re: Your Lawsuit is Not Helping Me or My Book

> There appears to be some confusion about the salient points of the
> current dispute over Google Print for Libraries. The question is not,
> Who benefits? The question is, Who owns it? Google would have almost
> universal cooperation from publishers if (a) the program were opt-in
> instead of opt-out (which speaks to the question of Who owns it?) and
> (b) libraries were not being given copies of the scanned files. If
> authors believe publishers are foolish not to cooperate with Google,
> they will find other publishers.
> Ten years from now, assuming that Google wins this fight, all the
> advocates of the Google Library program will look back and wonder how it
> is they stood by as the property of thousands of authors and publishers
> was appropriated for the economic benefit of the Google shareholders. 
> We have not seen the like in my lifetime.
> Joe Esposito