Last week while the AmeriKat was despairing over Parliament's passing of the misinformed Digital Economy Bill - a piece of legislation that makes the US's Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) look as fierce as a fluffy kitten - she was also battling with the recent rash of sunshine spilling onto her desk. This put her in a dilemma of either closing the blinds and falling back into the dreary darkness of the winter months or squinting with joy in the afternoon sunbeam. She chose the latter, unfortunately. By Friday, albeit beaming with hours of sun exposure and Vitamin D, the afternoons of squinting had produced an absolutely phenomenal headache. A lesson that if one enjoys too much of a good thing, there is always a price to pay.
"vast majority of photographers and graphic artists, whose works have been and continue to be digitised by Google without authorisation, and who have been members of the plaintiffs' class since June 2006, would neither receive compensation for past infringement nor any benefit going forward."
"institutionalized copyright infringement from Google not only threatens the future of an $8 billion industry, it undermines the very fabric of American culture."
"We are confident that Google Books is fully compliant with U.S. and international copyright law. Google Books is an historic effort to make all of the knowledge contained within the world's books searchable online. It exposes readers to information they might not otherwise see, and it provides authors and publishers with a new way to be found."