November 14, 2009
Amended Google Book Settlement Agreement Filed
Google, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers filed their amended version of the Google Book Settlement in federal court Friday. "The agreement narrows the scope to the US, UK, Canada and Australia. It alters how revenue generated by “unclaimed works” will be handled. It formally grants retailers who license out-of-print books covered by the settlement — including Google competitors — a 37% share of sales. It also clarifies how the book pricing algorithm will work," writes Danny Sullivan in Revised Google Book Settlement Filed & Live Blogging The Press Call. Sullivan's post is highly recommended. See also Elinor Mills' Google Books settlement sets geographic, business limits on Cnet. ("The revised settlement makes it clear that Google will not display any content by default from works that are for sale as new internationally, which are considered commercially available. In addition, it includes language that specifies that Google will not share any private information with the Registry without valid legal process.")
Lawyers for The Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers and other plaintiffs said that they and Google agreed to work with the the Justice Department to resolve the DOJ's antitrust concerns in the amended settlement agreement. See Mark Giangrande's LLB post DOJ Opposes Google Book Settlement Terms, Not the Settlement. Watch for James Grimmelman's on-going legal analysis on The Laboratorium. The first installment was posted at 2:42 AM this morning and is entitled GBS: Midnight Madness.
- Amended Google Book Settlement Agreement and it's Redline Version
- Memorandum in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Approval of Amended Settlement Agreement
- Summary of Changes (provided by Google)
- Questions About the Revised Google Books Settlement (provided by Google)
As for parties with a very vested interest in seeing the Amended Google Book Settlement succeed or fail, see the following:
- Google: Modifications to the Google Books Settlement
- Authors Guild: Amended Settlement Filed in Authors Guild v. Google
- Open Book Alliance: Is the Google Books Settlement Worth the Wait?
Link to the settlement administration website for the Google Book Search Copyright Class Action Settlement. See also The Public Index.
This is a fair settlement. Everyone should be happy.
Posted by: Settlement | Mar 10, 2010 7:23:07 AM
This settlement is just keeping up with the times.... Who goes to the library anymore anyway???
Posted by: Settlement | Mar 7, 2010 6:29:05 PM
How can I read whole book on Google Book Search?I know so simply we cant.But I am sure there must be some alex guys who must know a trick to do it.Plz can you help me out.The book Cheiro Astrology is only available here and no where.If there is then plz inform me.I want some smart guys to help me out here.
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I've heard of jobs scanning books and I'm really interested in doing this as a part-time job while I'm in school and I know they do it in my area, but I don't see any information about it on the Google website. Does anyone know where to go for information regarding becoming a Google book scanner?
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I'm at a loss to understand why no one seems concerned with the settlement's monetizing of libraries in a revolutionary way (i.e., libraries no longer buying books but licensing them on a yearly basis and with other limiting terms). This includes charging public library patrons a royalty for copying texts for which they now only have to pay a photocopy charge.
Posted by: Lawrence Stanley | Nov 14, 2009 6:56:24 PM