Problems with Google Books new copyright settlement?

From: Jim Carlile (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Oct 30 2008 - 03:08:25 PDT

Any comments on Google's recent news, where they settled their lawsuit with
the publishers by establishing a fee model for copyrighted works?
What this means is that long out-of-print books can soon be accessed on any
computer, and downloaded for a fee. That could be good.
But what's not being mentioned anywhere is that Google has long been
required to release for free all books in the public domain that they come across.
They have done this for most books that were published before 1922.
But strangely, they are not releasing any PD works from 1923 to 1964,
despite the fact that most books published during that era are not in copyright
any more because they were never renewed correctly, or at all.
This includes thousands of great art, photography, and film making books.
Google has the renewal records, so why aren't they liberating all of these PD
orphan works? Who's going to make them?
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