Author Diana Kimpton’s response to THIS POST about the Google book scanning scheme, which supposedly excludes illustrations, except for children’s books.

The exception does NOT exclude graphic novel art. Read and heed.

I’m an author of children’s picture books that are illustrated by other people. I was so confused by what the notice about the Amended Settlement said about picture books and graphic novels that I asked Joanne Zack, class counsel for the author sub-class, for clarification. She says “The writer and illustrator of a children’s picture book are generally considered co-authors, and the copyright page often lists both the copyright owner of the text and the copyright owner of the illustrations. Under the Settlement, both the copyright owner of the text and the copyright owner of the illustrations in a children’s picture book can claim as owners of a copyright interest in the Book, with the right of either to contest the other’s claim if he or she can demonstrate that the other does not have a copyright interest in the Book (such as by producing an agreement stating that only one has the copyright interest).”

As the Amended Settlement never mentions picture books or defines the term, I assume this applies to all books where the text is provided by one person and the illustrations by another.

I hope this helps clarify things for you. Please feel free to pass it on to others who may need to know.

Personally I hate the Google Book Settlement. It grants Google far more than the much-talked about permission to display snippets – it lets them sell whole books.

Copyright laws give the same protection to all books, whether they are in print or not. There is no reason to allow Google to ignore those laws for books it deems to be Not Commercially Available.

If you don’t like the Settlement, you have two choices. Stay in and object to the court or opt out. Either way you need to act quickly. The deadline for both objections and opt-outs is 28 January.

Betwixt and between as always, my fellow comics people.

When it comes to handing out literary awards, comics artists are left in the cold. Not authors, we are told.

But when it comes to copyright squatting, that’s another matter.

Google is scanning entire books, posting entire stories.

For added snaps and giggles, a prime mover and shaker in the whole “information wants to be free” scheme, Jaron Lanier, the fellow who popularized the term “virtual reality” has had a change of heart.

His new book, “You Are Not a Gadget,” is a manifesto against “hive thinking” and “digital Maoism,” by which he means the glorification of open-source software, free information and collective work at the expense of individual creativity.

Thank you very much to Diana Kimpton for allowing me to pass on her information.