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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Brief: Google Book Settlement incompatible with open licenses

Software Freedom Law Center, SFLC files objection to Google Book settlement on behalf of clients, press release, September 8, 2009.

Today SFLC filed a letter with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York objecting to the Google Book Search Copyright Class Action Settlement. In the letter, filed on behalf of the [Free Software Foundation] and author Karl Fogel, SFLC asks the court to consider the impact of the settlement upon members of the class who have distributed their works under Free licenses. ...

[T]his letter highlights how the proposed settlement does not contemplate works distributed under the GNU Free Documentation License (the FDL) or the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license (the CC-BY-SA). If the Settlement is approved, Google will be authorized to continue to digitize, sell and partially display books without complying with the "copyleft" and "share alike" license terms which are which are essential to the freedom granted by these licenses.

The letter urges the Court to reject the proposed settlement until these and other objections are addressed, including that terms are incorporated to protect the authors of freely licensed works and a framework is provided for the Book Rights Registry that respects the choice of authors to share their works. ...

See also FSF's press release (but their server isn't loading for me at the moment).