GoogleBooks settlement

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 5 18:30:05 UTC 2012

Victor: Thanks for posting this update on the travails of Google
Books. I thought the following was the most interesting paragraph in
the "Inside Higher Ed" article, but it is not clear how many books
will be removed and how many will be made more accessible.

[Begin excerpt]
According to Tom Turvey, director of strategic partnerships for
Google’s search services division, the basic thrust of the accord is
this: All the books with publisher-owned copyrights that Google
initially scanned into its database from university libraries will now
be either removed from the company’s database or made more easily
available through the Google Books interface, which lets visitors read
20 percent of each book for free.
[End excerpt]

On Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 10:13 AM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at> wrote:
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> More at the link:
> The Association of American Publishers (AAP) and Google officially laid
> down their arms on Thursday, ending a seven-year legal war with a peace
> agreement that both parties plan to keep sealed from the public and the
> courts.
> The AAP first sued Google in fall 2005, a year after it announced Google
> Book Search (also known as Google Books), a project the company had
> jump-started by scanning hundreds of thousands of books from the shelves
> of university libraries without seeking permission from the publishers
> or the authors. The publishers and authors teamed up to file a class
> action against Google and, after years of negotiating, agreed on a
> settlement -- only to have a judge reject it last year.
> Thursday’s agreement does not involve the Authors Guild, which is now
> engaged in separate litigation with Google, nor does it require court
> approval or public disclosure.
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