This post was first posted by me on etcjournal.wordpress.com (later etcjournal.com) on July 12, 2009. See http://etcjournal.com/2009/07/12/google-book-search-settlement-unfair-to-non-us-authors and the version saved on the Internet Archive on November 24, 2009. The H4 styles for titles are in the original.
By Claude Almansi
Editor, Accessibility Issues
Of Books and Vegetables
I first thought of calling this post “Of Books and Vegetables” because, when I half woke up the morning after I sent a letter of objection to the Google Book Search Settlement, I remembered Ms B. and the building site for a middle school in Cortona. The building activity had stopped just after the ground had been cleared, due to blocked funds. So for two years, Ms B., who lived on the other side of the street, used it to grow very tasty tomatoes and zucchini No one objected to this private exploitation of the site: it would have been silly to waste its potential, and Ms B. generously shared her vegetables with friends and neighbours. When the funding issue was solved, the building started again and her vegetable patch was bulldozed.