How book publishers are being like the RIAA

Most people have been following copyright infringment cases over the past few years or know about their existence. But few have ever looked at the striking similarities between book publishers and the recording industry. Strangely enough an author has asked her publisher to release her book to Google Print, but they refused.
Then she found out that her publisher is suing Google on the GooglePrint feature for copyright infringement. She asks the question of why, since it is already difficult enough for her to advertise her book as it is.
Isn’t this the same story that bands have and yet the recording industry uses them as a front when they claim to be protecting the musicians’ rights? How ironic is that. It looks like book publishers are now using that claim to fight the big G. What’s most amusing is that Google has done their due dilligence for removing publishers’ that do not wish to be in the program. Not to mention Google makes no money off of the Google Print feature.
Maybe someone out there has a cousin that the boyfriend of the sister who’s the mother of one of the recording studio executives and found out about this quick way to make a buck. But my mama always said… “What goes around, comes around.”
Via JasonKottke

  • I totally agree. This is actually better for the writers than it would be for the artists. Google is just offering a few pages, sure the whole book is indexed. But the visitor can not find one thing and then read the whole book. If they (publishers) would take a minute and really what is really going on, this can yield to an increase of book sales.
    Instead, they are just acting like the RIAA because they have no control at all with what is going on, you don’t just download a part of the song you get the whole song. With Google Book service, you just get a page or two. If you want more then buy the book.

  • I totally agree. This is actually better for the writers than it would be for the artists. Google is just offering a few pages, sure the whole book is indexed. But the visitor can not find one thing and then read the whole book. If they (publishers) would take a minute and really what is really going on, this can yield to an increase of book sales.
    Instead, they are just acting like the RIAA because they have no control at all with what is going on, you don’t just download a part of the song you get the whole song. With Google Book service, you just get a page or two. If you want more then buy the book.

  • The copyright issue is because the whole book is indexed.
    With this issue, it’s not a matter of page selections versus song downloads. The issue is mainly that if an author or artist wants to release their work(s) because they see the value of it… who are you to stop that? What makes you Mr. bigshot to then go sue “Company X” in the name of “author/artist Y” even though those people have told you they want no part in your vendetta claims?
    That is the point that I was making.

  • darkmoon

    The copyright issue is because the whole book is indexed.
    With this issue, it’s not a matter of page selections versus song downloads. The issue is mainly that if an author or artist wants to release their work(s) because they see the value of it… who are you to stop that? What makes you Mr. bigshot to then go sue “Company X” in the name of “author/artist Y” even though those people have told you they want no part in your vendetta claims?
    That is the point that I was making.