Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Google Settlement

If you have not been following the Google settlement, Judge Denny Chin has just provided an extra four months to figure it out. If, as an author, you want to opt out of the settlement you now have until September 4, 2009.

The gist of the settlement, as far as I can tell, is this Google asserts the right to scan all books as a part of the Google Library Project, The Authors Guild assumes the rights to represent all owners of printed works in opposing this rights grab.

You can object, or opt out of the settlement--otherwise you are assumed to opt in. The settlement will disperse $45 million dollars to those whose books were digitised without their consent (about $60 per book). Google is then allowed to use any books from this list that are not in print, unless otherwise instructed by the rights holder.

For complete information see here.

If anyone knows of a good summary or commentary please let me know and I will add a link.


Angela James said...


That is very brief, but it's something.

Jessica said...

Can you opt out if you don't have a book yet? This whole thing just rubs me wrong. I see a lot of people getting screwed over in the near future.

Fiona Glass said...

Jessica Freely has a good summary on her blog: http://www.friskbiskit.com/

From the comments on her original post on the subject it sounds as if authors can also opt out of the Google scanning thing, or at least ask them to contact you first with further details. This might be useful for anyone hoping to get a previously published book re-released...