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Mary Robinette Kowal

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  1. I made the choice to opt-in months ago and I still think it is the right choice for me. Your mileage may vary and the views expressed here are not those of SFWA. Opting in seems to give me the most flexibility of the choices. I can accept their money, object to the settlement, or use the dashboard to keep my works private if that becomes prudent.


  2. Thanks, Lynne, I was wondering if I should paste that in as well.

     

    And, that's all, folks.

     

    Thanks again for joining us. I encourage you to visit these links for more information about the settlement.

     

    Google Book Settlement website

    The Google Book Settlement's FAQ

    A two page overview of the Settlement by the Authors Guild, in pdf

    The amended settlement, pdf

    The Authors Guild

    SFWA's official position on the Google Book Settlement

    Open Book Alliance

    The Public Index has a very good overview and a series of links.

     

    Again, thank you all. If anyone wants to continue the conversation, please feel free to hop over to Post-panel Chatter.


  3. I told you that I would only keep you for 90 minutes and you've all been wonderful.

     

    I'd particularly like to thank to Paul Aiken for coming in and joining us. Though this is a contentious topic, it's important to remember that the Authors Guild had the balls to sue Google in the first place. Even if the settlement isn't perfect, if they hadn't stepped in, Google would have been scanning without any protests.

     

    We'll wrap up by giving you a chance to post any closing remarks that you want to really make sure our audience hears. Then, I'll point them to a series of links that might be helpful in trying to make a decision about whether to opt-in or opt-out by January 28th.

     

    Again, thank you all.


  4. We have a question from Steven Popkes, one of our active members, who asks:

     

    Question: How do reprints get handled by the google settlement? For example, an out of print book is scanned and put on line. At a later date, a reprint of the book is contemplated. What happens to the book on line? What rights does an author have to reprint a book that is now on line?

  5. Paul, I have an audience question that I would really love it if you could tackle.

     

    I would like to ask for further clarification on the "administrative fee" for the Book Rights Registry. Could someone please explain to me a little more about this fee (amount, subscription-based or one-time)? Thank you!

  6. This is an excellent point to seque.

     

    I'm going to go ahead and open the floor to questions from the audience at this point. So we can deal with some of the practicalities for working writers.

     

     

    We have a question from Steven Popkes, one of our active members, who asks, "Question: How do reprints get handled by the google settlement? For example, an out of print book is scanned and put on line. At a later date, a reprint of the book is contemplated. What happens to the book on line? What rights does an author have to reprint a book that is now on line?"


  7. Thank you all. One thing I would like to encourage our guests to do is to click on the links that the panelists provide. There's a lot of information out there.

     

    It seems as though one of the points of conflict for many writers is the balance between feeling as though the idea of the Book Registry is wonderful for the public good but that Google has done something illegal and should not benefit from it. Do any of you have an opinion on that?


  8. Welcome to the SWFA's online panel on the Google Book Settlement. The deadline for opting-out is Janary 28, 2010 and since many authors are still on the fence about what to do, our hope is that this conversation will help you to make a choice that best suits your writing career.

     

    At 11:30 EST we will be opening the forum to questions from the audience. If you have not already read the Forum Discussion Guidelines and How do I participate in the Google Settlement panel? I encourage you to do so.

     

    We're going to start today by introducing having our panelists introduce themselves and give a brief opening statement.

     

    I am Mary Robinette Kowal and have served as SFWA's secretary for the past two years and will be the moderator during this discussion.


  9. The Google Settlement Online Panel is a 90-minute discussion to explain what the settlement entails, what impact it may have on the future of books, publishing and copyright, and and to dispel any lingering confusion regarding the settlement . SFWA hopes to help people make informed decisions while recognizing that every writer will approach that choice from a different point of view.

     

    Our panelists will open the discussion to give a groundwork to audience members and then open the floor to questions. SFWA members will be able to participate in the question period directly using their Discussion Forum login. The public will be able to ask questions through a moderation queue after registering with the forum.

     

    Schedule

    January 21st, 2010

    10:00 am EST -- Registration opens

    11:00 am EST -- Discussion between panelists begin

    11:30 am EST (approximate) -- Take questions from audience

    12:30 am EST (approximate) -- Conversation ends with closing remarks from panelists

     

    After the discussion, the panel topic thread will remain available for reading as a resource for the community.

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