Thursday, September 3, 2009

Read PKD's daughter Laura Leslie’s objection to $125m Google Book Search settlement

Read the "Declaration of Laura Leslie on Behalf of the Estate of Philip K. Dick" (5 pages, PDF) that was just filed with the U.S. District Court in New York City in opposition to the proposed $125 million Google Book Search settlement. Here's my favorite part of the declaration:

“Finally, the Estate is compelled to opt-out because of the perpetual license the Settlement would give Google at a time when technology relating to books is still evolving. My father often wrote about innovations that were inconceivable during his time, but have become a reality today. If nothing else, his work teaches us that the future is filled with possibility, and that it is fundamentally unfair to expect authors to give up their rights to uses that may be inconceivable today but very valuable tomorrow.”

Thanks to The Public Index for the document.

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