On June 11, 2009, a federal court will hold a fairness hearing to review the proposed settlement of lawsuits brought by U.S. authors and publishers against Google for its unauthorized scanning and use of in-copyright books as part of the Google Library Project. Rightsholders affected by the class-action settlement have until May 5, 2009 to decide whether to participate or opt-out and their decision may have business implications.
On April 14, 2009, at 12:00 p.m., Copyright Clearance Center hosted The Authors Guild, AAP, Google Settlement: What Authors & Publishers Need to Know as May 5th Approaches, a free, 1-hour informational online seminar to help publishers, authors and literary agents understand their options as May 5th approaches. The session featured nationally-renowned publishing copyright expert and attorney, Lois Wasoff. Wasoff is the past Chair of the Copyright Committee of the Association of American Publishers and the former Vice President and Corporate Counsel of Houghton Mifflin Company. An audio recording of the presentation, including Powerpoint slides, is available (registration required)
“Beyond the Book” host Christopher Kenneally moderated the seminar, and in this special edition of “Beyond the Book,” he speaks with Wasoff about the program highlights.