Google and Publishers Settle Long Standing Lawsuit
October 23, 2012
The Mac Observer recently reported on a long standing lawsuit between Google and book publishers in the article, “Google Settles with American Publishers Over Scanned Books.”
According to the article, Google’s plan to scan all of the books in the world has been met with much objection from authors, publishers, and other groups. The issue being that Google has scanned more than 20 million books and made them searchable without gaining permission from anyone. However, publishers have now reached an agreement with the search giant which allows them to have some control over which books are being scanned.
The article states:
“‘We are pleased that this settlement addresses the issues that led to the litigation,’ Tom Allen, president and CEO of the publishers group, said in a statement. ‘It shows that digital services can provide innovative means to discover content while still respecting the rights of copyright-holders.’
The deal not only gives publishers the power to decide which books are included in the project, it also limits users to reading 20 percent of the digitized books online with an option to purchase the entire book on Google Play, the company’s online Android store.”
Our only question is this: after suing for nearly a decade, why settle now?
Jasmine Ashton, October 23, 2012