[Libs-Or] INFORMATION: AAP and Google settle… questions remain

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 4 13:10:17 PDT 2012


AAP and Google settle... questions remain
Posted on October 4, 2012 by Corey Williams | Leave a comment

The Association of American Publishers (AAP)
announced<http://www.publishers.org/press/85/>today they have reached
a settlement in their lawsuit filed in 2005 against
Google, Inc. According to AAP's press release,

US publishers can choose to make available or choose to remove their books
and journals digitized by Google for its Library Project....Apart from the
settlement, US publishers can continue to make individual agreements with
Google for use of their other digitally-scanned works.

The five publishers - Simon & Schuster Inc., McGraw-Hill Cos., John Wiley &
Sons Inc., Penguin Group (USA) Inc. and Pearson Education Inc. - who
originally sued Google, have entered into a settlement that outlines the
terms and conditions for how Google can use their works in Google Book. The
terms seem (based on what scant information we have) similar to the
original settlement and Google's existing voluntary arrangement with

Since the settlement only applies to the five publishers, questions do
remain. The orphaned works situation (when copyright holders cannot be
identified or located) is not yet resolved within Google Books. Also, the
class action lawsuit brought against Google by the Authors Guild in 2005
for copyright infringement for scanning and digitizing books and making
snippets available continues. Currently, the lawsuit is before the U.S.
District Court Southern District of New York. Recently, the American
Library Association (ALA), as part of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA),
along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed an amicus curiae
or *friend of the court*
In the brief, the LCA and EFF defend the scanning of books for
indexing and snippet view in Google Book as permissible under the doctrine
of fair use.

Corey Williams
Associate Director, Office of Government Relations
American Library Association


*Diedre Conkling**
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