Friday, September 11, 2009

Top Copyright Official Assails Google Book Settlement - NYTimes.com

Not looking like a great week for Google Books…

Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Marybeth Peters, the United States register of copyrights, said the settlement between Google and groups representing authors and publishers amounted to an end-run around copyright law that would wrest control of books from authors and other right holders.

Ms. Peters, the first government official to address the settlement in detail, said it would allow Google to profit from the work of others without prior consent and that it could put “diplomatic stress” on the United States because it affected foreign authors whose rights are protected by international treaties.

Top Copyright Official Assails Google Book Settlement - NYTimes.com

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