Tuesday, September 20, 2011

PaidContent.org (ah, there's a concept) has a story from inside the Google deal.  In the United States, the publishers look like settling with Google.  But the authors, represented by the Authors' Guild, find the compromise unsatisfactory and are holding out for better terms.

This is the most natural thing in the world.  Publishers and authors may very well understand their interests differently and ask their organizations to pursue different strategies in complex fields like this one.

But what happens when much of the authors' copyright money is tied up in an organization in which the publishers hold a veto.  If Access Copyright finds itself "neutral," the publishers will have no trouble litigating or settling as serves their interests.  But who's gonna front the money to the authors if their own money is unavailable to them?

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