New Google Books Settlement Excludes Non-English Books From Proposed Digital Library

1 12 2009

In September the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York indefinitely delayed the settlement between Google and the Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers, and other plaintiffs due to criticism from other interested parties. Now, Google has issued a revised settlement meant to address the critics’ issues–specifically, for out-of-print books that are still under copyright but whose copyright holders cannot be found. First, responding to complaints from the European Union, Google Books will not include non-English orphan works. Second, copyright holders now have 10 years to claim their work.

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