Google Lawsuit Going to Court

Writer Beware writes about the Google lawsuit today. It’s going to court at last.

Google wanted to become a library for out of print books, a noble goal, but in their jeal they grabbed books that were still in print, books that the author had the rights to. Then they posted these books in violation of copyright laws. When this was pointed out to them, what did they say? Tough.

They put my first novel up on Google Books while I still owned the copyright. We all had to go through a lot of rigamarole to get our books down. Some had luck; others didn’t. The courts refused to hear the case, although it was tried in Europe and the courts there found against Google.

University libraries have copies of these illegally obtained books and finally the case is going to court.

It takes a lot of work to write a book. Shouldn’t people get paid for their labor?


About Theresa Crater

Award-winning author Theresa Crater brings ancient temples, lost civilizations and secret societies back to life in her visionary fiction. In The Star Family, a Gothic mansion holds a secret spiritual group and a 400-year-old ritual that must be completed to save the day. The shadow government search for ancient Atlantean weapons in the fabled Hall of Records in Under the Stone Paw and fight to control ancient crystals sunk beneath the sea in Beneath the Hallowed Hill. Other novels include School of Hard Knocks and God in a Box, both exploring women in historical context. Her short stories explore ancient myth brought into the present day. The most recent include “The Judgment of Osiris” and “Bringing the Waters.” Theresa has also published poetry and a baker’s dozen of literary criticism. Currently, she teaches meditation, as well as creative writing and British lit.
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