A federal judge has ruled against Google's $125 million proposal to settle with publishers and authors whose out-of-print books Google digitized without permission. The judge feels the settlement is too favorable towards Google. Rough. [NY Times via Engadget]
I have always had somewhat of an issue with this concept. If I can't buy it, how am I taking money from anyone? Unless you can claim value by rarity and books simply do not follow this model.
For (a nerdy) example, I cannot buy certain movies or video games because they were either never available, or are not made anymore. How does the original creator/producer of such things lose out if I acquire it another way?