Google settles with US publishers over books

GOOGLE has settled the lawsuit brought by the Association of American Publishers, leaving the Authors Guild to carry on the fight over the copying of 15 million books, with hearings not expected before late 2013.

The AAP said:

The settlement acknowledges the rights and interests of copyright-holders. US publishers can choose to make available or choose to remove their books and journals digitized by Google for its Library Project. Those deciding not to remove their works will have the option to receive a digital copy for their use.

No further details of the settlement have yet been made available. The Authors Guild noted that:

the Association of American Publishers and Google said that the terms of the settlement are confidential and won't need court approval... The statement does not say whether Google is compensating publishers for its unauthorized uses of the books, nor does it address whether Google will continue scanning books without permission. The press release acknowledges that the settlement doesn't affect the authors' class-action lawsuit against Google.

"The publishers' private settlement, whatever its terms, does not resolve the authors' copyright infringement claims against Google," Authors Guild executive director Paul Aiken said in a statement. "Google continues to profit from its use of millions of copyright-protected books without regard to authors' rights, and our class-action lawsuit on behalf of U.S. authors continues."

More as soon as we can discover more...

Meanwhile, micropayment

CNet News reports, meanwhile that Google had relaunched plans to allow users to pay for Web content using Google Wallet. It says individual articles will cost an average of $0.25 to $0.99 each - and that Google says: " Once users buy the page, they will own it forever".

That last bit exhibits a certain lack of understanding on someone's part of how copyright and authors' rights work. Surely users won't have the right to sell the work on - but who's going to tell them this?

Google describes the scheme as "an experiment to see if users will be prepared to pay for individual web pages if the buying process is sufficiently easy" and features Dorling Kindersley and Oxford University Press as partners.

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