William Morris Endeavor: Opt out of Google Books Settlement

Not surprisingly, the William Morris Endeavor talent agency has advised its clients–twice–to opt out of the Google Books settlement:

“There is an important right that is relinquished under the terms of the Settlement that the Authors Guild does not adequately address. In addition to waiving their right to sue Google for infringement, they waive, again for the term of copyright, their right to have Google remove their work from its database if they haven! t done so within twenty-seven
months from the Notice Commencement Date.”

This comes as a shock to no one who has studied the settlement and Google’s shakedown tactics. Of course, the Author’s Guild opposes WME in an astonishing demontration of CYA.