I Say It Here: As Predicted, EFF and Durie Tangri to Defend Internet Archive To Keep the Massive Infringement Flowing

  According to Silicon Valley mouthpiece Torrentfreak, guess who is going to be defending the Internet Archive and the eponymous Mr. Kahle in their massive copyright infringement suit from publishers? The EFF has revealed it is teaming up with law firm Durie Tangri to defend the Internet Archive against a lawsuit targeting its Open Library. […]

“Google and the World Brain”

We have been no fans of the Google Books project, from its tortured use of sovereign immunity to take books out the back door of state libraries for commercial gain to the crappy deal for authors, to Google’s attack on the class representatives, to Lessig’s bizarre defense of the project (conveniently forgotten as it sank […]

Just so you know where you stand: Google attacks authors and photographers organizations in Google Books case

I read today that the Durie Tangri firm took time off from defending Rojadirecta to pursue a different case supporting the proposition that creators rights should be trampled at any convenient turn.  Daralyn Durie stood before Judge Dennis Chin for what seems to me to be a rather shabby proposition:  The Authors Guild and the American Society of […]

Book Review: “Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back” by Robert Levine

There is something comforting about hearing the Speaker of the House of Commons crying “Order, order” and having the MPs actually heed that instruction.  It’s particularly comforting in light of the tragic wilding that has been occurring in the ancient city of London, the font of British civility and civilization.  But the rioting in London is really the […]

Bunk about “Fair Use Industries” from the CCIA: What do Derek Jeter, Tom Adams and Ari Emanuel have in common?

Now that the WIPO and OAS report on the economic contributions of copyright has been released, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (of which Google is a dominant member) is recirculating one of those greenhouse studies that comes with more than the usual ration of gas: “Fair Use in the U.S. Economy: Economic Contribution of Industries Relying on […]

Canadian, German and New Zealand Authors Oppose Google Book Settlement: The Smartest Guys in the Room Can’t Handle the Truth–AGAIN

In the latest round of Google’s “make me” litigation strategy, the biggest bully in the schoolyard is confronted by yet another group of angry authors opposed to Google’s wholesale landgrab of the works of civilization. The objection to the Google Books Settlement filed on 1/28 by Canadian authors (although not yet in the docket as […]

Google Books Transcript Excerpt

FYI U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New YorkOctober 7, 200910:00 a.m.Before: HON. DENNY CHIN, District Judge THE COURT: Of course we are not proceeding with a fairness hearing today. I really just wanted to see where we are and talk about scheduling.First of all, I guess we should confirm that the current […]

Dan Clancy withdraws?

Rumor has it that Dan Clancy has withdrawn from speaking at the Frankfurt Book Fair next week. See “More Questions Than Answers on Google Books“: “Google’s Dan Clancy had patiently answered question after question regarding Google’s’ Book Search settlement with publishers and authors until late in the afternoon Friday, when he was finally left speechless […]