Terms of Digital Book Deal With Google Revised

Google and groups representing book publishers and authors filed a modified version of their controversial books settlement with a federal court on Friday. The changes would pave the way for other companies to license Google’s vast digital collection of copyrighted out-of-print books, and might resolve Google’s conflicts with European governments.The settlement, for a 2005 lawsuit over Google’s ambitious plan to digitize books from major American libraries, outlined a plan to create a comprehensive database of in-print and out-of-print works. But the original agreement, primarily between Google, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, drew much criticism.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/14/technology/internet/14books.htmlAlso see:Google Books settlement sets geographic, business limits
A revised Google Books settlement filed late on Friday applies only to works from English-speaking countries, restricts the ways Google can make money from scanning and digitizing out-of-print books, and requires the registry to seek out copyright holders who do not come forward.The amended settlement comes after Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the parties a deadline extension on Monday to try to resolve issues the U.S. Department of Justice had with the original settlement from October 2008. The settlement now applies only to out-of-print books registered with the U.S. Copyright office or published in the U.K., Australia, or Canada, countries that have a common legal heritage and similar book industry practices, according to the FAQ on the revised settlement.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10397787-93.htmlGoogle, Authors try to answer book deal concerns
Google and the Authors Guild filed a new version of a deal to create a massive online library on Friday in hopes of answering antitrust and copyright concerns in the United States and overseas.Google’s plan to put millions of books online has been praised for expanding access to books but has also been criticized on antitrust, copyright and privacy grounds.

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