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Proposal for Google Book Scanning Settlement
PaulPA




msg:3853047
 11:46 am on Feb 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

As a book publisher who allows his book to appear in Google book search, this notice of a settlement [googlebooksettlement.com] proposed for ALL publishers is very interesting.

There is a lot to hash through but here is some language that appears in the Summary Notice:

The settlement, if Court-approved, will authorize Google to scan in-copyright Books and Inserts in the United States, and maintain an electronic database of Books. For out-of-print Books and, if permitted by Rightsholders of in-print Books, Google will be able to sell access to individual Books and institutional subscriptions to the database, place advertisements on any page dedicated to a Book, and make other commercial uses of Books. At any time, Rightsholders can change instructions to Google regarding any of those uses. Through a Book Rights Registry ("Registry") established by the settlement, Google will pay Rightsholders 63% of all revenues from these uses.

"Books" include in-copyright written works, such as novels, textbooks, dissertations, and other writings, that were published or distributed in hard copy format on or before January 5, 2009. U.S. works must be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office to be included in the settlement. "Books" do not include periodicals, personal papers, sheet music, and public domain or government works.

"Inserts" include any text and other material, such as forewords, essays, poems, quotations, letters, song lyrics, children's Book illustrations, sheet music, charts, and graphs, if independently protected by U.S. copyright, contained in a Book, a government work or a public domain book published on or before January 5, 2009 and, if U.S. works, registered (alone or as part of another work) with the U.S. Copyright Office. Inserts do not include pictorial content (except for children's Book illustrations), or any public domain or government works.


 

goodroi




msg:3853089
 1:38 pm on Feb 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

after scanning through the short version of the settlement (141 pages and yes that is the short version) it looks like :

google is going to end up paying around $100 million
each person is going to get $45 or each full work google scanned
going forward google is going to share 70% of the project revenue
google gets the right to keep doing business

forgive me if any of my numbers are off but 141 pages of legal jargon gives me a headache :)

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