Fri, 16/09/2011 - 08:25
The judge in the Google Settlement case has extended the deadline for talks between the internet giant and the publishers and authors involved.
The deal, which involves a revised book-scanning agreement for out of print titles that may also be in copyright, has already been contested for six years, with five publisher plaintiffs, the...
Thu, 02/06/2011 - 13:02
Google, American publishers and the US Authors Guild have been given until next month to revise a book-scanning agreement for out of print titles and orphan works.
The Google Settlement was rejected by US judge Denny Chin in March, who said the plan to create a digital library "would give Google a significant advantage over...
Thu, 24/03/2011 - 09:23
The failure of the amended Google Settlement presents a huge opportunity for the global publishing industry to get its house in order, according to one of the agreement’s sternest critics.
However, Tuesday's [22nd March] decision to reject the settlement as not "fair, adequate, and reasonable" has lead others to...
Wed, 12/05/2010 - 09:15
The Open Book Alliance has warned parts of the Google Settlement could lead to legal action taken against the US by foreign governments and "will certainly expose the US to diplomatic stress".
The alliance, which includes commercial organisations such as Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo!, as well as bodies such as the National...
Thu, 08/04/2010 - 08:04
Groups representing photographers and artists have accused Google of copyright infringement over its Google Books project in a lawsuit that mirrors complaints book publishers and authors have made for years about the company's attempt to create the world's largest digital library, reports the Press Association.
Thu, 11/03/2010 - 09:04
The Italian government has signed a deal with Google to scan up to a million books from the national libraries in Rome and Florence, reports the AFP.
The internet giant is to set up a scanning centre in Italy employing 100 people, and will “cover the costs” of scanning the titles. Works scanned will be out-of-copyright titles...
Mon, 22/02/2010 - 15:18
Publishers Usborne and Phaidon, literary agency Sheil Land Associates, and a stellar list of authors from Jeffrey Archer to Zadie Smith have all opted out of the revised Google Book Settlement.
Court documents related to the Fairness Hearing held in New York last week (Thursday 18th February) have revealed details of those who opted out...
Mon, 22/02/2010 - 09:29
Authors concerned by the Google Book Settlement and the Digital Economy Bill have set up a grassroots campaign group, Action on Authors' Rights, to protect writers' interests.
Gillian Spraggs, Diana Kimpton and Nick Harkaway are among the founder members of the new group, as is literary agent Meg Davis. Authors Juliet E McKenna,...
Sun, 21/02/2010 - 09:33
The Google Settlement judge Denny Chin heard a barrage of complaints about the revised deal at the Fairness Hearing held yesterday in New York (18th February), but gave little away as to his own thinking or when he would deliver a ruling.
Thu, 18/02/2010 - 16:10
The US district court judge overseeing the Google Settlement has told those attending the fairness hearing he will not make a ruling today.
Judge Denny Chin noted there had been "voluminous materials" submitted in reference to the case, when he told the court he would instead be writing an opinion at a later date.