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Google Book Settlement & Lessig on Copyright Law

Much is being made of the pending Google book settlement

Much is being made of the pending Google book settlement. Now Microsoft, Amazon and Yahoo are jumping in to object to the settlement as well. Despite all of the fuss about Google, this complex matter truly results from a lack of appropriate stewardship of our intellectual property laws by Congress. It is why most of these issues are relegated to the courts to settle (see Lessig's lecture at the bottom). This has become increasingly obvious as the result of advancing technologies which has uncovered the irrelevance of the rules and it is putting a great deal at risk for our society and our innovation culture.

US copyright laws are severly broken and this issue and its consequences are not being addressed except by people like Dr. Lessig; primarily as a result of corporate interests, think Disney. To learn more about how broken our copyright rules are please view this Colbert Report interview with Lawrence Lessig.

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After your finished laughing, I highly recommend listening to Lessig's recent lecture in Cambridge on the Google book deal. It will help you understand the implications of the settlement, fair use and our broken IP governance system even more clearly as noone but Lessig can.

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