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Google's Schmidt to Book Critics: Stop Whining

Google chief executive Eric Schmidt tells Search Engine Land that the growing army of opponents to his company's settlement with book authors and publishers should quit whining and come up with their own solutions.

"I would like to hear from the critics a better solution to the problem as opposed to criticisms of the solution that we arrived at after four years of negotiation," he said. "I read this stuff, and it strikes me that people who only criticize have as their interest the current status quo."

The Justice Department has until Friday evening to file comments about the antitrust implications of the deal to a federal court reviewing the $125 million settlement.

Google, publishers and competitors have been meeting with Justice officials this week, according to a source close to the parties involved. This could portend some sort of concessions by Google to appease critics including Amazon, some authors and privacy groups.

The Justice Department appears to be taking a different approach than the Copyright Office, which told Congress in a hearing last week that it didn't support the deal and that the settlement raised concerns about fair use of copyright rules in the future.

By Cecilia Kang  |  September 17, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  | Category:  Cecilia Kang
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Google has become a bull in a china shop, the big bully. It has used its market and size to venture into agreements with large institutions under some disguise. They violate the spirit of copyright law and scan with impunity, and wait for a reaction.

Considering their size, they could have established proper procedures first...organized the community first. They've cross the Rubicon, ventured into the hornet's nest. Now they cry when the hornets swarm? Google scanning should be terminated, and all prior scans erased; it's a penalty they should pay for being egregious.

And, all those institutions should be penalized for they are the origin of lax copyright enforcement.

Posted by: 1234xyz | September 17, 2009 3:06 PM

1234xyz- They spent 4 years negotiating. It's wise to get started on a project of this scale while refining the implementation. There's something to be said for creating the digital repository of the world's information and making it available to millions of people that don't have access for it. Authors will be compensated more than they are when I check their book out from my library. As Mr. Schmidt says, stop whining and show me your plan. Don't tell me the "proper procedures first" and "organize community first". How would you make it work differently?

Posted by: staticvars | September 17, 2009 5:28 PM

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