Settlement in Google Book Search lawsuit

October 31, 2008 at 8:13 am Leave a comment

Update: following the settlement, Harvard has decided to pull out of the book scanning project. Read the Chronicle of Higher Education article.

The lawsuit was launched in 2005 from the Author’s Guild and the Association of American Publishers against Google’s Book Search project.

All three parties have a joint FAQ page which explains the reason behind the lawsuit, how the settlement will effect the Book Search project and how rightsholders can claim benefits. In addition it mentions Libraries role in the project and purchasing options for the readers.

The Author’s Guild site reports that the settlement amounts to $125 million USD. Google’s page illustrates how the project currently works and how it will change in the future.

Please note:

15. Will any of these new services be available to Google Book Search users outside the U.S.?

Outside the United States, the users’ experience with Google Book Search will be the same as it is today. In other words, users will be able to search for books and may see snippets of in-copyright books, but they will not be able to purchase access to books online and the subscription will not be offered to institutions outside the United States, unless these services are authorized by the rightsholder of a book.

16. Why was this agreement limited to Google Book Search users within the U.S.?

Because this agreement is the result of a U.S. lawsuit, it directly affects the Google Book Search experience for those accessing the site in the U.S.

Authors, publishers, or copyright holders, are encouraged to visit the settlement administration site for information.

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