Domestic Gloss on the Google Fracas

By Eric Abrahamsen, published

So obviously, between Google agreeing to settle with Chinese writers on the book scanning issue, and Google announcing that it will no longer censor its search results, these are big days for Google and China.

There's been some press about the Google books issue inside of China, though as you might imagine it is carefully-edited, carefully-angled press, aimed at obscuring the censorship issue while making Google out to be a copyright-stealing, China-bullying corporate pirate. This widely-reposted article, in Chinese, represents the main thrust of reporting in China. In the interest of expediency and irony, we've run that article through the Google translator (editing only the title for clarity), and now leave you to puzzle through the (surprisingly comprehensible) results:

Google playing "Hide and Seek" with the Chinese Copyright Association to postpone the fourth round of negotiations

According to Voice of "news vertical and horizontal" 7:23 to reports, Google digital library "infringement gate" incident yesterday, a dramatic change in the recurrence. Was originally scheduled for 14 o'clock yesterday afternoon began with the Chinese characters Google Copyright Society of the fourth round of negotiations were abruptly canceled, the people caught off guard change, which lasted for half a year for "Google infringement" storm once again brought uncertainty.

It is understood that this "finishing touches" sudden volte-face is Google. Why is indefinitely postponed round of negotiations, Google has not disclosed the reasons in detail. In accordance with prior agreement, China Copyright Society of writing with Google in the fourth round of talks yesterday to this afternoon. But yesterday morning, after the performance of this round of negotiations was very optimistic about the text book, co-executive Deputy Director-General Zhang Hongbo, suddenly calling reporters to inform the negotiations were indefinitely postponed.

Reporter: how overnight, so much change?

Zhang Hongbo: This we did not quite clear, is to understand.

Reporter: Who made it?

Zhang Hongbo: They put forward, we will not.

Reporter: Why did they suddenly do not propose to talk about it?

Zhang Hongbo: not too sure.

The result of a sudden, resulting in a number of interviews scheduled for the same day the media by surprise. Although the text book related news, the Association informed the morning of the day there are still dozens of reporters to the text book on the matter surrounding the Association office for confirmation.

Zhang Hongbo, said in an interview yesterday, one to go to work, Google's Eric negotiator, said by telephone, hoping to postpone scheduled to be held on the same day the fourth round of talks and press conferences to talk about another day. Eric said in an e-mail later, in order to make future negotiations more results, Google hopes to postpone the fourth round of negotiations. Resulting inconvenience and hope for understanding the text book co.

Zhang Hongbo said that the Society, after careful study of the text book on Google's attitude, it is recommended that respect, agreed to delay the time of the fourth round of talks, consultations on specific issues the two parties. Google for the media attention the reasons for postponement of the negotiations, Zhang Hongbo reluctant to evaluation, only that "Google may have global strategic considerations", the company may need for coordination.

After learning that Google put forward to defer negotiations on the news yesterday, reporters and Google have also made contact. Google Book Search for strategic cooperation, Asia Pacific chief Erik Hardeman to accept China's Voice reporters. Yesterday, the reasons for the delay in the negotiations, Hardeman did not provide further details, but stressed that, Google also takes time to do more preparation, and stressed that Google hopes the talks conducted in a confidential status. Obviously, the current high level of media attention, not Google want.

Eric: That's just our company would like to have more time to provide some of the more tangible results only, not a very serious problem. Those of us talk the talk because it is confidential and may not be as open as the original. I hope that these developments with the text book, the Association to maintain a confidential relationship, and now so much attention in the media, it may not be conducive to our discussion of both sides.

Reporter: In China, negotiations and other countries What is the difference?

Eric: have not encountered anything different, which is also the commercial aspects of any country outside the talks, not a cultural issue. I hope we can have a very big progress, I assure you that we can continue with the text book, in consultation Association also hope that as soon as possible to reach a mutually acceptable settlement.

Reporter: That the next meeting would probably be at what time?

Eric: We do not discuss fixed.

Previously there have been news that the current round of negotiations, Google will formally submit a text book co-apology statement, and submit a complete scan of the list of China's book writers and their works, and is expected to identify the two sides signed an agreement to resolve disputes and the specific time Table. But asked whether the content of these three areas which have not yet fully prepared, or that there is a big differences between the two sides, Google to negotiate the need for confidentiality in the ground does not give a direct answer.

These talks would be postponed until when? Remains unknown at present. The text book, co-executive Deputy Director-General Zhang Hongbo accepted an interview with the Voice of China, said that the future they will continue negotiations with Google, the Association will not give up the position of the text book, while striving to achieve "win-win" result.

Zhang Hongbo: Definitely would go to negotiations, but in what specific kind of way, I think this is a negotiating strategy, and now can not reveal. But we both have a common goal, that is, Google and China to resolve the copyright owner's copyright dispute. On the one hand be able to respect our legitimate rights and interests of large copyright holders, while the former Google scans should be able to receive compensation act. We also hope that our books in Google's digital library on the spread to reach a win-win objective.

To build the world's largest digital libraries, Google since 2004, a large number of scanned books. Public opinion poll showed that 570 Chinese people the right to 17922 works without authorization by Google scans the Internet. The trapped Google "infringement door" of the Chinese writers who are not fully consistent manner, both were determined argue infringement Google, while others disagree on the text book the Association felt that Google only shows the book catalog and summary of the payment of 60 U.S. dollars has been quite reasonable, and fully accept Google's compensation provisions. Why is there such a big difference between the attitude? Reporter last night, some Chinese writers were investigated. Gave an interview to journalists to investigate the vast majority of interviews with writers that Google, without the consent of the copyright owner on their own scanned books, a violation of the rights of authors.

Google has said it is willing to writers and publishers, according to the Association with the United States reached an agreement on compensation paid to the Ministry of works by Chinese authors of each of at least 60 dollars in compensation, after the copyright holders are getting a digital library online for 63% of revenue, but it must De Zhu author put forward the "apply." Google also made an application for this period: June 5, 2010, after which the application has not, and will be treated as automatically forgo their rights. If a writer, "do not agree with" Google scan their works included may institute legal proceedings, but Google also telling their own stories to this date was set for the proceedings of the January 5, 2010.

From the more than six months ago, the overlord of unilateral terms, and now finally willing to sit down to negotiate, writer Bi Shumin that Google's stance has been improved, but in the end what will also depend on whether Google really have to solve the problem in good faith.

Bi Shumin: I personally believe that the discharge can not be a unilateral timetable, because such a major issue, a unilateral decision is not desirable.

Despite the considerable number of authors believe that Google works from unauthorized use of copyright is a serious infringement of the act must be through negotiation or legal means to denounce, but there are different voices, which side is represented by the writer Han Han, talking about songs.

Han Han in his blog, said: "I welcome the Google library scanning each of my books, and is pleased to accept the show catalog and summary of 60 U.S. dollars a condition. I find this is a very appropriate one condition."

Vice-Chairman Tan Song Writers Association, Hebei Province is also very impressive in the Google co-scheduled with the text book, was held yesterday on the eve of the fourth round of talks Bo-wen, a clear-cut way that the Google Books upload profiles, it is actually a kind of writers and their works free publicity, the Chinese writers do not have too much tension.

On song: that profile, there is no full text, if it is too full to talk aboutsaw the brief how to say this thing? With others for money, I think even if the. To much money ah, nothing can be said of this matter, that is, a profile, but also promote it for you, not have to spend money on advertising Well, I feel a bit of fuss.

Chencun writer said he was not opposed to new technologies, modes of transmission under the condition of books, but we would like Google and China, among the writers can determine a rule, so that copyright owners are respected, otherwise the works of creation and cultural transmission would have a devastating impact.

Chencun: This is a summary, but there is no guarantee the United States, users can not see the full text, there is no guarantee that did not publish the full text of a few summary scaled up in order to scan the whole book, this is not a fool? I think their intent is to get these works online.

A writer Mian Mian sued Google's point of view also has a considerable representation. Mian Mian in her blog, "Why do I sue Google," said: "I still want to believe that Google's digital library project with its complex historical significance of the positive." But because of this, she said: "I think Google right the future played a bad example. because Google is the world's most famous, the most successful in the 21st century the most progressive companies, if they can be so imprudent, then the Chinese writers even survive without the. "

Sun Jingwei Mian Mian's attorney, said she did not want this event to hype themselves and want to confirm that by law is not infringement, Google Inc. wants to make a statement. Google digital library case aroused the writer's rights protection awareness, aroused a writer or copyright owner of electronic information networks, protection of the right spread awareness, so many writers aware of the importance of electronic copyright.

In fact, the reason why the writers of this Google E-Library "infringement" event so concerned about the very important reason is that many people anticipated a change in the future: consumers are likely to abandon the CD like a cassette, as in the near future abandoned books, only in the Internet, mobile phones and e-books to read. Whether people are prepared not, a copyright of the digital age is approaching.

The emergence of the Internet means of communication, especially the copyrighted works directly into the Internet for users to download or view, for writers who are indeed pieces of love-hate thing. Chencun had part-time writer, "Under the Banyan Tree" website's artistic director, he said that he was not using a cheap price to buy the author's copyright, then the site has suffered a number of reproduced, allowing him to have the copyright on the network "If you want Say I Love You is not easy. "

Some scholars believe that Google digital library of positive significance of the event, it is likely to lead to the entire society thinking, digital rights consciousness is being awakened. China University of Political Science Director of the Institute for Intellectual Property Law Xiaopeng that, in laws and regulations to further improve the sound at the same time, indeed the whole society should be increased awareness of copyright.

To Xiao-Peng: First, to raise public awareness of copyright, followed by further from the national administrations, the collective management organization to function, through a number of typical cases, such as Google are now digital library, to awaken people on digital copyright legal consciousness.

The same is true for authors in terms of his conscious will use, whether in works of the transfer, licensing may be aware of the protection of this right. This up from the entire social atmosphere to raise people's legal consciousness and legal concepts, there will be beneficial to our country's digital works, including copyright industries, cultural industries moving in the right direction.


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