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Expanding Access to Books: Implications of the Google Books Settlement Agreement

July 28, 2009

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Google Books is an ambitious project to digitize the world's books. Six years and many millions of works later, the project is now set to change dramatically. A settlement agreement reached among Google, authors, and publishers will have sweeping implications for writers, readers, scholars, librarians, and the public at large, if approved by the court.

Over the recent months, the settlement has been the topic of much discussion, buzz, and debate. Join New York Public Library and a panel of speakers for an in-depth discussion with executives who helped create the settlement:

  • David Drummond, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, Google  
  • Richard Sarnoff, Co-chairman, Association of American Publishers
  • Jim Gleick, Author and Authors Guild Board Member
  • Peter Petre, Author and Authors Guild Board Member
  • Jonathan Band, Author of “A Guide for the Perplexed: Libraries & the Google Library Project Settlement”

Moderated by David Ferriero, Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries, the event will cover the fundamentals of the settlement agreement, its impact on various communities, and an extensive Q&A with attendees.


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What happened with the case?

Did the case get settled? It seems to me if one is going to take the time to post a three year old video there should be some kind of comment as to what has transpired since.

While there was an attempt to

While there was an attempt to settle the Google Books case, the settlement agreement was rejected by the court. The case is ongoing. -Greg Cram Rights Clearance Analyst The New York Public Library