So which is it? Either (a) the geniuses at Google really don’t get it, or (b) they’re just playing dumb and hoping we don’t notice. Which do you think is more frightening?
The first version of the proposed Google book settlement received a scathing critique by the US Department of Justice, in which the DOJ told the Court to reject the settlement. So Google, the authors, and publishers crafted version 2, an amended settlement agreement ("ASA"). Last Thursday, the DOJ issued its critique of the ASA, asking the Court to push for additional changes, for many of the same reasons. [read the rest of my column, including some pithy quotes from the DOJ, at digiday:DAILY]