Google Inc has settled the class-action lawsuit with the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild who represent about 8,000 writers.
The class- action law suit claimed that Google violated copyright law by scanning books without the permission of the authors. Google will pay $125 Million dollars as part of the settlement of this lawsuit.
The groups have given permission to Google to scan and post out of print books and in print books into the Google Book Search system. In the Book search authors and publishers will get royalties and a portion of the advertising revenues.
Doug Isenberg, a copyright attorney in Atlanta Georgia said,"The issue and the core question has basically been, how can someone legally make electronic copies of existing books and other publications and make them available to the public on the Internet."
As a result of the outcome of this case, the fact remains, you must get permission from the copyrighted material owners. End of Story!
With Google's new Book Search; consumers will be able to find and read samples of books online and from tehir computer be able to view an entire book for a fee. Libraries and schools will be able to get a wider access to the books through a subscription type system. The money that is generated through this will be split between Google, the publishers and the authors.
As for me I feel like there is nothing like the feel of a good book. I like the way books look, I like to turn the pages with my fingers and I like to just put my bookmark where I leave off. I also love to highlight, write notes and keep books with me wherever I go. If I have a few moments to spare waiting in line somewhere, I will pull out one of the books I am reading and grab a chapter or two. I think that many other people feel the same way and while the Google Book search will be a great way to discover and search for new books to buy, ultimately most people will still want to feel that book in their hands and see it on their bookshelf.
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