Concerns about Google Book Search and its potential effects on reader privacy are spreading widely in the wake of the joint action alert issued by EFF and the ACLU of Northern California.
Copyright scholar Pam Samuelson recently investigated the scope of the settlement in an editorial titled “The Audacity of the Google Book Search Settlement,” noting that “…Google has negotiated a settlement agreement designed to give it a compulsory license to all books in copyright throughout the world forever.”
The growing chorus of voices shows that Google must make some serious, concrete commitments to privacy if it wants to adopt the responsibility of serving the world’s books. You can join us — tell Google to build privacy protections in Google Book Search. And if you know authors or publishers that may want to join in the effort to protect reader privacy, tell them to contact us directly at [email protected] or review the more detailed information we’ve put together for authors and publishers.
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