Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Google Book Search: Why It Matters
From Times Online:
European publishers and copyright holders gathered in Brussels on Monday to submit their opinions to a European Commission hearing on the American Google Book Search settlement.
In a nutshell, the situation is this: Google has embarked on a project to digitise hundreds of thousands of out-of-print and out-of-copyright books in the United States.
Some of these works are still technically in copyright, and the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers took Google to court. A proposed settlement was reached last year, under which Google will essentially agree to pay royalties to anyone whose book they inadvertently put on line.
The settlement will be ratified in a Manhattan court on October 7 this year, by which time any European reservations will need to be registered.
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