Google Settles Lawsuit With U.S. Authors and Publishers
In 2005, the Guild sued Google, accusing it of massive copyright violation, claiming Google cannot make available books for commercial use without permission. The publishers group later launched its own lawsuit.
As part of the digitization effort, Google is scanning all or parts of the book collections of its institutional partners such as the University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford University, and Oxford University. Google then makes snippets of those texts searchable on Google and sell ads on the Web pages.
Google has agreed to pay $125-million U.S. to the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers. Under the settlement, Google will create a Book Registry and provide payment to copyright holders through subscription fees and sales revenues.
The settlement will expand access to hard-to-find out-of-print books that are still copyright-protected; allow ordinary users ways to buy copyrighted works online; offer U.S. colleges, universities and other organizations subscriptions for online access to collections from prestigious libraries; and provide free, full-text, online viewing of millions of out-of-print books at designated computers in public and university libraries (U.S. only for now).
- The Future of Google Book Search - Our groundbreaking agreement with authors and publishers (Google Book Search)
- New chapter for Google Book Search (Official Google Blog)
- AAP, Authors Guild, Google Announce Groundbreaking Settlement over Google Book Search Library Project (Association of American Publishers)
- Authors Guild v. Google Settlement Resources Page (Authors Guild)