Publishers settle with Google — leaving Authors on a Limb

The objections to Google Books just got a little quieter. Ars Technica is reporting that “five large publishers” have come to an agreement with Google. Critically this leaves the Author’s guild in a difficult spot:

“This does exacerbate the publisher-author tension,” Grimmelmann told us. “It used to be the publishers and authors are in this together against Google.” Now, he said, “Google is going to increasingly use the consent of the publishers as an argument that the authors don’t even speak for copyright owners.”

Publishers abandon fight against Google book scanning | Ars Technica

 

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