Le Guin on the Google Settlement — Update

Comments on the original Le Guin on the Google Settlement post have moved here because the thread was so long.

If you would like your name included on the list of authors opposing the Authors  Guild Google settlement, please be very clear about the fact, either  here or in email to UKL at [email protected].

Please be very clear whether you want your name and email address to be included on the list. Expressions of solidarity, while appreciated, do not serve as your permission to include your name on the list.



Le Guin on the Google Settlement — Update — 26 Comments

  1. I am very glad you are doing this, Ms. Guin, and you have my full support! Please put my name and email address on the list.

    In my case I am a new independent author whose debut title won awards and honors including the Eric Hoffer Award for Young Adult. Yes Google gobbled it up and wants to keep gobbling, and I am very motivated to stand up and fight this incredible corporate putsch, as you call it.

    Thanks for doing this!

  2. Thank you for doing this, Ursula. Please include me on your list. I’ve been a freelance writer for 22 years, have had 17 books published, and I’m disgusted that the groups designed to protect us are letting Google get away with this.

    Nancy W. Hall
    [email protected]

  3. Dear Ursula,

    I definitely want my name and email address to appear on this list and grant permission for it to be displayed and used.

    It has been exactly three hundred years, since 1710 in the British legal tradition, since authors have enjoyed their rights to earn from their intellectual property. The fight to guarrantee and refine these rights has been continuous and hard fought. One need look no further than the life of Charles Dickens to see how copyright infringement has damaged the life, career and possible contributions by an author. We writers must not be complacent or we will have all the years of effort to get our property into our possession taken away with the stroke of a pen. Can we trust the courts to make the best decision? I would, of course, like to think so – but when I get into some dreamy dream frame of mind that says, “sure, of course the Courts will take care of us,” my African American friends whisper in my ear: “Dred Scott Decision.” When the Supreme Court blows it, there are terrible consequences.
    Please, authors one and all – speak up and out.

    John Henley

  4. Any final ruling favorable to Google in this case would effectively destroy the foundations of copyright, and the value of my books and writings; indeed, copyright would effectively become what Google says it is since the company would become the singular publishing entity in the world with a court sanctioned decree to behave as monopolistic as it wishes.

    So yes sign me up, count me in.

    Luis Ortiz

  5. Ursula, You are my newest hero in this life, the Ralph Nader for protecting writers who tend to be terrific in creativity and dunderheads in business (I speak for myself, but have read I am definitely not alone in this assessment). What Google is doing is legally–and morally (although the latter never seems to stop many people)–wrong. You have my permission to publish my name, website, comments…what-have-you. I have two self-published books; the main one has always done quite well & I’m petrified that Google will steal it. This needing to “opt out” is criminal in and of itself. I’m ashamed to generalize all lawyers (there must be honest ones…there simply MUST), but I can’t help but think there is a special place in hell for such ilk as they. Sandra Miller-Louden

  6. First, I give permission to use my name and email address.
    Second, I am astonished that any responsible judge would even consider giving in to the Google demands. This settlement is an attempt to justify what has been an ongoing wholesale theft of intellectual property. Far from caving in to Google’s outrageous demands, the courts should be jailing Google executives for as criminal a case of copyright violation as the world has ever seen.
    – Stephen Morrill, 25 years an author, ASJA member and writing instructor.

  7. I give my permission to use my name and email. I thank you for stepping forward with both leadership and support for the position of the National Writers Union.

  8. I give my permission to use my name and email. I thank you for stepping forward with both leadership and support for the position of the National Writers Union.

  9. Just to be clear: Yes, please add my name to the list opposing the Google Settlement. (Unless, that is, you want the list to only include established professionals. I have yet to make my first professional fiction sale.)

    Steven Doyle (byline Manuel Royal)
    [email protected]

  10. I give my permission to add my name and email address to the list opposing The Google settlement. I am a newbie, and and want to protect what could and will be mine when I get there!

  11. Please include me on your list of professional writers opposed to the Google Settlement. I am a member of ASJA.

  12. Hi Ursula,
    I am a UK YA Fantasy writer, a fan of your work and of your stand. Please add my name to your list of signatories opposing google’s outragious action. Thanks.

  13. Dear Ursula,
    I am a “small time” freelance journalist and book author, but even if my work is never gobbled up by Google I certainly oppose what they are doing. Please include my name and email on your list.

    Denise Marie Siino

  14. Please include my name and email on your list. You have my full support. I am a freelance writer in central Pennsylvania.
    Lisa Duchene

  15. I certainly do not want my anything I have poured so much time and energy into gobbled up by Google! Please include my name and email on your list.

  16. Google seems to think “because we can” is all the rationale they need to steal our work. I oppose the settlement.

  17. As a Harper-published author (1990), I can only agree one hundred- fold with the various objections expressed above to the heinous proposed Google Settlement.

    It is a reflection of corporate power, and Establishment collu-sion, that the matter has been allowed to get this far. If there are not substantial changes recognizing authors’ (traditionally) legally protected rights, the implications go far beyond writers. Monopoly, especially in a wide range of digital communications today (which Google is pursuing), bodes ill for the future of whatever democracy and rule of law we still have.

    Please consider that I have signed your blessed petition, Ursula!

  18. Google’s behavior, though not acceptable is expected, business as usual. AG’s complicity is not. Please add my name to the list of authors who oppose the Google settlement.

  19. Google is trying to buy our creativity for practically nothing. They only stopped their massive scanning when they were sued. We need to fight this. Thanks for making a stink, Ursula. As a fellow Midwestern writer, I’m with you. John F. Wasik