October 29, 2008
Google Reaches Tentative Settlement of Book Search Copyright Class Action
Google has reached an out-of-court settlement with the Authors Guild and the AAP over Google's Book Search digitalization program. The settlement, if approved, includes a $125 million payment by Google plus the establishment of a new licensing system. [Text of Settlement | Settlement Website]
According to Publisher's Weekly, the agreement would also provide:
- More Access to Out-of-Print Books
- Additional Ways to Purchase Copyrighted Books
- Institutional Subscriptions to Millions of Books Online
- Free Access From U.S. Libraries
- Compensation to Authors and Publishers and Control Over Access to Their Works
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Google's intention might have been noble. But the law is the law. Dura lex sed lex, they say. A law may be harsh but it is still the law.
Posted by: jlex | Nov 4, 2008 6:46:21 PM
Credit should be given to whom it is due. If a certain work or information is used by the other, necessarily, the source or author must be paid or at least acknowledged. It is good that Google is doing just the same.
Posted by: BloggerPal | Oct 31, 2008 1:00:03 AM