Google to Renegotiate its Landmark Book Settlement

Federal District Court presiding over the Google Book Settlement has set Nov. 9th as the renegotiating settlement deadline for all parties involved with creating the world’s largest digital library. While the original agreement between the various parties involved is not entirely out the window, the new agreement must meet the Justice Department’s guidelines in order for Google to gain the court’s preliminary approval.

This settlement has huge implications for writers, both past and future, readers, publishers, and those who traditionally collect these materials (e.g. libraries). The American Library Association has put together a very useful chart that outlines all of the players involved with the settlement and their positions. Granted, ALA is one of the parties involved, but they’ve done a wonderful job of summarizing things. Other interest groups argue that Google should use this time to add privacy information into the Google Book Search.

Read more from ALA and the NY Times.

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on October 8, 2009, in Google, Libraries and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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