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Google Book Search Settlement

Here’s some good news for authors and publishers, and for readers, too:

The grand settlement of the Google Book Search lawsuits this week may be one of those rare events when the parties who say they’ve all come out winners actually believe it to be true. On Tuesday, Oct. 28th, more than three years after a group of publishers and authors filed suits against Google, contending that the company’s unauthorized scanning and storing of entire books, including books in copyright, violated the rights of the copyright holders. The three groups announced the terms of a settlement agreement to end their dispute and establish a business framework for the future to make books more available digitally and compensate rightsholders for their use.

Read the release from Copyright Clearance Center.

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