Thursday, October 30, 2008

Google Book Search Settles Lawsuit

On Tuesday, Google Book Search Partners announced the company and authors and publishers who were plaintiffs in the U.S. Google Book Search lawsuits have reached a tentative settlement.

The proposed settlement covers the issue of copyright infringement for those authors and publishers whose books were digitalized as part of the Google Book Search Library project.

Google is looking at the settlement as a very positive thing. If you are an author holding an affected copyright check the copyright settlement site at: Books Google Booksrightsholders. Authors are also encouraged to contact either the Settlement Administrator or Class Counsel, both listed on the site. Authors and publishers can also check out Google’s Official blog dedicated to the lawsuit.

Although different than the issue of Amazon facing an anti-trust suit by threatening to remove print-on-demand books from their site unless said books are printed through the Amazon-owned BookSurge, what is similar is authors, publishers, and others taking on industry giants in an effort to protect their works. From the looks of things, it appears to be working.
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