There is money at stake here, too, not just ethics. One of the 'benefits' is:
'Cash Payments. Google will pay a minimum of $45 million to compensate Rightsholders whose works Google has scanned without permission as of May 5, 2009. Rightsholders of works Google has scanned without permission as of May 5, 2009 are eligible for Cash Payments, which will be at least $60 per Principal Work, $15 per Entire Insert, and $5 per Partial Insert. A "Principal Work" is the main work in a Book (that is, the part of the Book that does not include forewords, afterwards, footnotes and other material).'
I warmly recommend having a look at http://books.google.com/ and searching on your name etc to see if you have anything to claim. You may be surprised. I certainly was!
I still haven't decided whether to opt out. What are the rest of you going to do? Any thoughts?
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