Google Strikes Book Search Deal

Google’s reach into the world’s libraries looks more assured following a deal struck recently. The agreement with the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers will resolve a number of lawsuits from the last three years. Google will establish a non-profit Book Rights Registry to ensure copyrighted works receive compensation via subscription services or ad revenue. The registry and settlements will cost Google $125m) However, the deal still needs approval from a US district court to resolve the pending lawsuits. If approved, the agreement will provide much wider access to out-of-print books and a great many in-print, in-copyright works

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