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Google settles with book publishers, becomes bookseller – Ars Technica

Posted in Uncategorized by coda on May 1, 2009
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    • Google’s long-running legal battle with the US publishing industry came to an unexpected screeching halt this morning, as the parties announced a settlement that, pending approval by a US District Court, will see the two sides cooperate on online access to copyrighted books. The settlement contains a number of provisions that clarify how libraries can access works that remain within the copyright period, and will see the formation of a group dedicated to identifying current copyright holders. But the most striking aspect of the agreement is that it turns Google into a bookseller, peddling online access to out-of-print, but still-in-copyright works.

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