I attended the Google Book Settlement Seminar at the RCSI this morning to get an overview of the case to date: Which I must emphasise is not settled yet, thus making the dates/issues/cases and general agitation by Google whose advisors and lawyers have created what is essentially an entirely arbitrary set of obfuscating circumstances to define book digitalisation.
I think it’s called Corporate avant-gardeism
A brief overview of the GBS:
i). Google has redefined what comprises Commercial availability.
ii). Through the Berne Convention (Which is covered by GBS) Irish Authors and Publishers have ‘A US Copyright interest: Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
iii). Google (for the moment one assumes) is excluding personal papers, sheet music, periodicals, public domain and governmental publications from the GBS.
* Oxford and Harvard have agreed with Goggle to digitalise their collections.
*2005: The Author’s Guild and Mc Graw Hill sue Google for copyright infringement.
* +7 Million books have been digitised of which 5 million were copyright protected.
(This means that they went ahead and infringed legal copyrights and decided to
fight the legal point at a later date)
* 2008: The Google Book settlement is achieved.
All info on the settlement will be available on a special Author’s help page:
Poetry Ireland , inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal, timeline and other info : Irish Copyright Licensing Agency: ICLA | Frontpage.
Google Settlement info: Google Book Search Settlement Notice to Rights-holders – Books & Inserts Registry
The only IT article was hidden in the financial pages : In short – The Irish Times – Fri, Jul 10, 2009
The European Commission is meeting on this on the 07/09/09 to look at anti-trust elements which are also brewing in the US (the speaker indicated that this is generally part of a class action in the US).
because a number of cheap US authors thought to support the Goliath, the issues has spread virally into the EU whereby anti-trus meeting and Berne Convention will directly impinge on Irish Publishers and Authors. The US Library of Congress is not supporting the Google library or Partnership projects.