Authors Guild Apparently Can't Avoid Throwing Away More Money: Appeals Google Books Fair Use Ruling
from the and-on-and-on-it-goes dept
We had hoped that, after nearly a decade of fighting and losing, the nearly complete trouncing of the Authors Guild’s ridiculous arguments against Google’s book scanning project (by a judge, Denny Chin, known for favoring copyright holders), that the Authors Guild and its proudly luddite leader, Scott Turow, might finally take a step back from the brink and recognize that maybe, just maybe, Google’s book scanning project isn’t as evil as the organization insists. But, back here in reality, the Authors Guild is going to keep on keeping on with wasting the various dues its authors pay to be members… as it has officially appealed the decision, guaranteeing the throwing of more money away on a stupid lawsuit that serves no purpose other than to make it clear to the world that the Authors Guild is anti-technology, anti-creativity and anti-innovation.
The lawsuit paints the organization as completely out of touch. Plenty of authors have pointed out how incredibly useful Google’s book scanning project has been for the sake of research and discovering other books (many of which lead to purchases). Publishers have pointed out that having books scanned by Google increases sales. It’s difficult to see what the Authors Guild is arguing for, other than “progress is bad.”