A lot of authors are having trouble deciding whether the settlement is good or bad for them, probably because it’s a little of both when you get right down to it. I tend to side with Google, but then, I tend to think that making every. single. thing. in. the. world. searchable is a Good Thing and should be done, and I have no faith it will happen in the next 20 years without a for-profit corporation getting involved. (And believe me, I am no sycophant of big business.)
I’ll be curious to see what people say at the workshop. I have my own opinions about what should happen here (and it boils down to: authors, don’t forget that you also have a duty to the world, same as any citizen), but I’m saving them until after I see what people say today. At least one of the speakers should be non-partisan, but I have a suspicion things will get heated. We’ll see.
(Photo: Robert Couse-Baker)