David Bolt is a distinguished Canadian actor and playwright, active for over 40 years in Canadian theatre. He has been closely following the Google Book Settlement and its possible implications for Canadian creators. I’ve invited him to contribute his analysis of the international response to Google’s case, now before the U.S. court.
Bolt is one of a tiny handful of Canadian writers speaking up publicly against the Google Settlement. He was interviewed about Google in this week’s issue of ‘Tandem’, (Corriere Canadese’s English-language supplement.)
A Canadian’s Perspective
Sarah — Since Canadian papers are not covering the Frankfurt Book Fair, I thought your blog readers might be interested to know what is going on there.
The first big item for discussion is the Google Settlement. Europeans don’t like this thing at all and the German government (in the person of Chancellor Angela Merkel) kicked the whole thing off by announcing “We reject the scanning in of books without any copyright protection, like Google is doing. The government places a lot of weight on this position on copyrights to protect writers in Germany.”