Writers and Editors (Pat McNees's blog)
RSS feed

Settlement on Google book search lawsuit

June 15, 2014

Tags: Settlement, book scanning, litigation, orphan books

Updated 9-5-16, 11-12-14
Appeals court rules that Google book scanning is fair use (Joe Mullin, Ars Technica, 10-16-15) After nearly a decade of litigation, a landmark win. "The Authors' Guild sued Google, saying that serving up search results from scanned books infringes on publishers' copyrights, even though the search giant shows only restricted snippets of the work. The Authors' Guild sued Google, saying that serving up search results from scanned books infringes on publishers' copyrights, even though the search giant shows only restricted snippets of the work.
"In its opinion (PDF), a three-judge panel rejected all of the Authors' Guild claims in a decision that will broaden the scope of fair use in the digital age. The immediate effect means that Google Books won't have to close up shop or ask book publishers for permission to scan. In the long run, the ruling could inspire other large-scale digitization projects."




The long-fought class action freelancer suit alleging copyright infringement in Google's widespread book scanning (Literary Works in Electronic Databases) wassettled ($18 million). Read here about the settlement itself, followed by pieces posted earlier on the issues, arguments, contenders. "There is nothing any of the claimants need to do at this point except deposit your checks when you receive them," says the Authors Guild. There is a 30-day period to (more…)

Reporting on controversial scientific and medical topics

June 6, 2014

Tags: reporting on controversial topics

"Medicine, and science generally, has always had controversy, and problems with a public that doesn't understand science," wrote Norman Bauman in an online discussion this week of how to write about something as controversial as persistent Lyme disease without getting crazy reactions from both sides of the controversy. With his permission (and Creative Commons license) (more…)

Why I love teaching Guided Autobiography (by Lisa Smith-Youngs)

June 4, 2014

Tags: memoir writing, Guided Autobiography Group, Lisa Smith-Youngs

Lisa Smith-Youngs
Guest post by Lisa Smith-Youngs
I look across the table at the steely blue eyes of the 80-year-old man
(from NASA) with a gorgeous, full shock of white hair and I see the little
boy who grew up under the boughs of hemlocks and redwoods in the San
Francisco Presidio, where he salvaged kapok vests and dynamite from Baker Beach and China Beach -- “playthings” that fell off the Navy ships (more…)