Thursday, March 04, 2010

As Others See It (I - Publishers Weekly)

Andrew Albanese of Publishers Weekly is his characteristic breath of fresh air in coverage of the Supreme Court ruling in Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick. See "Tasini Case Revived by Supreme Court,"

After reporting the ruling and its background, the piece observes that "Among the objectors' claims are some familiar refrains from the recent Google settlement." It closes with this old quote from your humble blogger:

"Class action is a form of leverage, and any settlement is ultimately going to be anywhere from pennies on the dollar to a decent sum that is still far short of the claim's black-and-white statutory value. But that is only one piece of this exercise. The far more important piece, for all writers today and tomorrow and for the diversity and vitality of our culture, is designing the architecture of [authors'] rights in the new information age. And we'll only have one shot at it."


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