November 20, 2009

Meanwhile, back in Dumbfuckistan …


And speaking of that deal whereby Google privatizes the American (and English, and Australian, and Canadian) public library system, steals copyrights from authors and publishers, and decrees that it owns (and can charge you for) anything ever written in English that somebody doesn’t step forward and prove they own — yesterday afternoon a Federal judge said okay, sounds good to me.

As Jessica E. Vascellaro details in this Wall Street Journal report, Judge Denny Chin “granted preliminary approval” of the Google Book Search Settlement deal — despite widespread and growing criticism — and scheduled a hearing for February 18th.  Chin also decreed that opponents — expected to include the US Department of Justice — “will have until Jan 28. to file objections.”

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House. Follow him on Twitter at @mobylives