You know, I’m not sure quite what I was thinking when I discovered Google had digitized works of my fiction and nonfiction with permission of the publishers but without my permission. I guess with the first piece, it was so small I didn’t mind. But when it came to the second piece I was totally out to lunch.
Apparently the Author’s Guild knew exactly what it was thinking. It said, “Are you fucking kidding me?”
The result is that we authors have won a $45 million class action lawsuit against Google for scanning books and putting them online. After May 5, 2009, I can make a claim for my stories that were digitized. I might have a whopping $150 coming to me that I know of. I’d better scan and look for more of my works.
And you should, too!