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Keeping Google in proportion

10 April 2006

'Nick told me to just fix the Google thing and the rest would be easy. Sounds like a job for a humorist. Google wants to give away 'snippets' of authors' work. Maybe we could work something out, there. But what constitutes a snippet? We might begin by stipulating that no snippet shall be as large as a full witticism. Then we might measure how many snippets there are in, for instance, 'A Million Little Pieces.'"

Roy Blount Jr, humorist, the new president of the Authors Guild of America, on how to handle Google, which the Guild launched a suit against last September