Best-selling authors J.K. Rowling and Philip Pullman, along with several other major British writers, are voicing strong disapproval of a financial agreement Google is offering authors to make their books available online, reports Times Online.
After settling a class action lawsuit in US courts, the internet media company has issued a plan to pay writers 60 dollars for each title that can be partially viewed online, with an additional revenue sharing option for any money made from its use.
Pullman’s agent Cardoc King characterized the offer as “clearly for the benefit of Google,” and Rowling’s legal representative at the Christopher Little agency said Google’s settlement attempts to “change US and international copyright rules.”
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If the authors get commission from books published online, I don’t see a problem. I am sure however the system wouldn’t be so black and white, hence the apprehension. What are your thoughts?