Access Copyright is hosting more web-based seminars on the Google Book Settlement.
Online seminars are scheduled for the following times (all times in eastern time):
Tuesday, August 25 (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
To reserve your spot, please let us know by email as soon as possible. We will follow-up with details on accessing our web seminar through your telephone and computer.
If you are an author, illustrator or publisher of books, the Google Book Settlement will likely affect you. It is a proposed landmark settlement to lawsuits brought against Google separately by the Authors Guild and representatives of the Association of American Publishers alleging that the digitization of books for the Google Book Search program infringed copyright in the United States.
The official Google Book Settlement site is an excellent resource on the settlement and the place to go if you choose to opt-out of the settlement or to make a claim for your works.
The deadline to opt-out of the settlement, object to the settlement or remain in the settlement class is September 4, 2009. By opting-out you will forego any revenue that may be owing to you through the settlement but you will continue to have control over your works and have the right to sue Google for any infringement of your copyright.
A fairness hearing on the settlement is scheduled for October 7 in New York. The hearing will determine, among other things, whether the settlement is fair and whether the Settlement Agreement should be approved.
If you have any questions or concerns on the Google Books settlement, we are here to help. Please contact us by email or by phone at 416-868-1620 (toll-free 1-800-893-5777).