Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Biographical Dictionary of Authors Guild Insiders: Terry King

News that the American Society of Media Photographers and other groups representing visual artists have filed a class-action lawsuit against Google over its highly contentious digital library reminds me that it is time to post another entry in The Biographical Dictionary of Authors Guild Insiders. The Authors Guild “insiders” are those senior staff members who worked in smoke-filled backrooms with the Guild's publishing allies to craft a spurious legal agreement titled Google Book Search Settlement in a brazen attempt to sell the copyrighted works of tens of thousands of non-Guild writers to Google for $125 million. Here's today's entry:

Terry King -- a former librarian at State University of New York, New Paltz, who was awarded a Master of Library Science Degree from Columbia University in 1988, contributed his expertise both as to library systems and - in his capacity as Operations Manager of the Authors Registry - to the operations of royalty payment systems. [The Public Index]

Other entries include biographical sketches of Guild executive director Paul Aiken, general counsel Jan Constantine, director of legal services Anita Fore, consultant Simon Marcus and marketing director Sandy Long.

A federal judge is currently reviewing the legality of the revised Google Book Search Settlement (GBS 2.0).

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