Opt in for foreign publishers expected in revised Google Settlement

<p>The Google Settlement is expected to see &quot;few . . . fundamental changes&quot;, although some concessions for authors and publishers are anticipated when the internet giant goes before US courts today (9th November), the <a href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/91457d24-cca3-11de-8e30-00144feabdc0.html" target="_blank">FT</a> reports.</p><p>The newspaper cited &quot;observers&quot; who claimed the most direct way to head off concerns from international publishers would be to treat foreign works differently, and require an &quot;opt-in&quot; before they could be included in Google&rsquo;s digital book repository.</p><p>But an opt-in provision for orphan works &quot;seems less likely&quot;, the paper said. Law professor Randall Picker told the newspaper: &quot;Given the timing, it is inconceivable they would have made big changes.&quot;</p><p>Peter Brantley, director of the Internet Archive, a rival book-scanning project, agreed. &quot;I assume it will be more a surgical type of change, without changing the core direction,&quot; he said.</p><p>As a result, the<em> FT</em> said attention was now focused on ways to limit the settlement&#39;s impact on the emerging e-book market, suggesting this could see changes in two areas&mdash;access and pricing&mdash;to avoid creating a de facto monopoly. The settlement&rsquo;s attempt to establish broad consumer pricing arrangements was likely to be amended, said Picker. </p><p>But he added that the wholesale pricing parts of the agreement would be harder to change without making more fundamental changes to the settlement.</p>