Google book settlement

If you are an Author or a Publisher of a Book, Essay, Poem, Dissertation or other writing, your rights are affected by the GOOGLE BOOK SETTLEMENT.

As part of the Google Library Project, Google digitized 7 million books and is displaying portions of them on the web without permission. Google plans to continue digitizing books indefinitely in every country in the world. These digitized books will be offered for sale by Google. The Authors Guild, Inc., Association of American Publishers alleged massive copyright infringement and sued Google. A settlement has been reached. The settlement will authorize Google to maintain a database of these works. The full notice may be read at

If you have written a “book” (i.e. any written work, or part thereof, consisting of pages bound together and distributed) you hold a US copyright interest that is affected by this settlement.

You may:

  • Remain in the settlement and file to receive your payment by 5 January 2010;

  • Object to, or comment on the settlement in writing by 5 May 2009; or,

  • Opt out of the settlement in writing by 5 May 2009 and retain your right to sue Google individually.

The Court will hold a hearing and decide whether to approve the settlement on the 11th of June 2009.

Erin Best

Lawyer, Cox & Palmer will be holding the following information sessions on the Google Book Settlement:

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

at 7 - 8 pm at the Holiday Inn, 180 Portugal Cove Road, St. John’s.

Thursday April 2nd , 2009

at 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 pm. in the Inco Lecture Theatre, IIC 2001.

Ms. Best is also possibly available to do a Webinar if there are those outside St. John’s who are interested. She can be contacted directly by email at


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