After 7 Years of Litigation, Google, Publishers Cut Deal

Via the BBC:

Google has settled a seven-year legal spat with the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

The row blew up in 2005 over Google’s plan to scan and digitise books for a vast digital library.

The AAP said that the project could involve massive copyright infringement because it could make available digital copies of copyrighted works.

The settlement lets US publishers decide which works should, or should not, be in Google’s library.

This settles one of the main objections to the library project which planned to scan every book unless publishers and authors specifically objected…

…As part of the deal Google has also agreed to provide digital copies of the works that publishers and writers make available for the library.

FJP: That was a long time coming.

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