Google Book Publishers Settle


On October 28, 2008 more than three years of settlement talks between Google and The McGraw-Hill Companies and The Author’s Guild came to an end. The dispute has been over Google’s proposed Library Project.

Under the Library Project, Google scans books into its searchable database. By typing key search terms as a database query, users review the full text of public domain materials and “snippets” of works under copyright. Google claimed they would limit the content that could be viewed of copyrighted works and that they planned to direct traffic toward the libraries and booksellers that offer the books for sale.

Fast forward three years from filing of the lawsuits. A settlement has been reached that awards payments to copyright owners, sets up a system for indexing public domain and copyrighted books, and makes Google a book retailer.

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