I haven't been following the Google Books lawsuit and settlement proposal too closely because I don't often think of myself as a book author. Not in the sense that Google Books or the settlement will impact my livelihood. It hadn't actually occurred to me that the settlement might impact my freedom. But a press release from the Software Freedom Law Center caught my eye: Today SFLC filed a letter with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York objecting to the Google Book Search Copyright Class Action Settlement. In the letter, filed on behalf of the FSF and author Karl Fogel, SFLC asks the court to consider the impact of the settlement upon members of the class who have distributed their works under Free licenses. I'm embarrassed to confess I had been thinking that this lawsuit (You are of course familiar with the lawsuit. Right?) was more academic than all that. I was thinking about what it means that Yahoo, Amazon and Google get to go sit in a darkened room somewhere (an expansive board room with a fine catered lunch, more likely) and rewrite copyright law all by themselves. I wasn't thinking about freedom.