- Google and the Association of American Publishers ended seven years of legal battle over Google Books Thursday with an agreement both parties plan to keep confidential.
- AAP's lawsuit against Google began in fall 2005--a year after the announcement of Google Books, which the company began by scanning hundreds of thousands of books from university libraries sans publisher or author permission--and Google's director of strategic partnerships says the basics of the agreement are that books initially scanned into the database with publisher-owned copyrights will now either be removed or made more easily available via Google Books.
- The agreement doesn't require public or court disclosure and does not include the Authors Guild, who are involved in their own litigation against the tech giant.
From the article:
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) and Google officially laid down their arms on Thursday, ending a seven-year legal war with a peace agreement that both parties plan to keep sealed from the public and the courts. The AAP first sued Google in fall 2005, a year after it announced Google Book Search (also known as Google Books), a project the company had jump-started by scanning hundreds of thousands of books from the shelves of university libraries without seeking permission from the publishers or the authors. ...