Interview – Scott Turow: Amazon is Killing Bookstores, Fair Use is a Serious Threat to Authors
Scott Turow, author, litigator, and head of the Authors Guild, was interviewed on CBS This Morning earlier this week when promoting his new novel.
He had a few choice words for Amazon in this 4 minute interview, and then he goes on ramble about the current threats to American authors, including:
- publishers reducing royalties,
- search engines leading people to copyrighted books,
- Google wanting to use copyrighted material in search results, and
- academics that want to destroy copyright.
He even makes an off-hand swipe at librarians, which I think referenced the infringement lawsuit that several publishers lost against Georgia State University last year. That case was decided for GSU because one, the publishers flubbed it, and two, the judge found that almost all of the possible infringements were covered by existing fair use rules.
Yes, Scott Turow believes that the current fair use exceptions to copyright law are a serious threat to authors. But that’s not all. He thinks, I kid you not, that Amazon still dominates ebooks and that they’re killing bookstores.
But you don’t have to take my word for it; here’s Scott: