The Authors' Guild and Google Print
Posted Sep 29, 2005 15:42 UTC (Thu) by vmole
Parent article: The Authors' Guild and Google Print
Lots of good arguments in favor of Google Print, unfortunately marred by one extremely bad one:
The Author's Guild has only 8,000 members. I say "only" because Groklaw has more members than that. The value to the public of Google's Print Library collection so far outweighs the value of one book to one author or even 8,000 books to 8,000 authors, that it is hard to comprehend how any law could be permitted that could allow such a result as shutting down Google on the demand of those 8,000 authors.
So it's okay to hurt a bunch of people, so long as more people benefit?
If that's a legitimate argument, then Google should be publishing the whole book, because everybody benefits from *that*, too, except for those measly 8000 authors.
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