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U.S.: Digitize or not – Google gives choice

 |  October 5, 2012

A seven year long litigation has been concluded. Google and book publishers have reached a settlement to allow publishers to choose whether Google digitizes their books and journals. Although, the settlement will not change the partnership agreement, it is the newest signpost for defining copyright in the Internet age. It is also the latest evidence of the shift to e-books from print, and of Google’s efforts to compete with e-book rivals like Amazon.com. Digital books were a new and daunting prospect when the publishers first sued Google seven years ago, but they have now become commonplace.

Full Content: NY Times

Related content: The Google Book Settlement & the Uncertain Future of Copyright (Gina Durham & Debbie Rosenbaum, DLA Piper)

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