Judge Tentatively Approves Google Book Search Settlement
Google Inc. has won preliminary approval on a settlement of copyright lawsuits by publishers and authors in which it will pay $125 million to resolve claims over its book-scanning project, Google Book Search (http://books.google.com/), according to Bloomberg News. The settlement was announced Oct. 28. On Monday, U.S. District Judge John Sprizzo tentatively approved the deal and scheduled a hearing for June 11, when he will further consider the pact's fairness.
Google said the agreement will enable it to make millions of books searchable and printable online. It will also allow the company to expand the program to allow readers to purchase copyrighted and out-of-print books in whole or page-by-page, and provide U.S. libraries with free access to its database.
For more information on the lawsuit and settlement agreement, see Book Business Extra's in-depth coverage from its previous edition at http://www.bookbusinessmag.com/article/what-does-google-book-search-settlement-mean-industry-400520_1.html