Publishers abandon fight against Google book scanning

28 01 2013

Five large publishers have made a separate peace with Google over the inclusion of their books in Google Books, announcing a settlement that resolves the seven-year-old litigation with the search giant.

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“It’s been obvious for several years that the authors are going forward [with the lawsuit] and the publishers are uninterested,” said James Grimmelmann, a copyright scholar at New York Law School. He said that after the class-action settlement was rejected, the publishers were ready to cut a private deal. It just took a few months to hammer out the specifics.


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