Google likely to go for settlement with AAP

The legal war between Google and Association of American Publishers is likely to go for settlement.

It can be remembered that the three year long legal battle was filed by some prominent publishers like McGraw-Hill, Pearson Education, the Penguin Group, Simon & Schuster, and John Wiley & Sons. The lawsuit charges Google of using a controversial program to scan books from library shelves. Although rumors of a settlement have flared up and died down intermittently over the years, sources said that talk of a final agreement has indeed heated up.

Publishers filed suit in October, 2005, charging that Google’s deal to scan books from library shelves—including the entire collection from the University of Michigan—and to make them discoverable online via Google Book Search, breached their copyrights.Google has countered that its sweeping plan, which makes only “snippets” of copyright-protected books viewable online, is allowable under fair use. Publishers can also “opt-out” of having their books scanned.

Despite the ongoing lawsuits, Google’s library scanning efforts have not been deterred over the past three years. The Google Book Search Library project now numbers over 30 partners worldwide, and has scanned over one million books at the University of Michigan alone.

The suit has changed how the plan has been implemented, however, with most new partners now scanning only public domain materials, and with most new deals not providing for “a library copy” of the scanned work, a provision publishers strenuously objected.

Source: Publishers Weekly

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