After seven years of litigation, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and Google today have reached a settlement so Google can continue to “provide access” to books digitized through its Google Library Project.
Authors Guild executive director Paul Aiken weighed in with this statement: “The publishers’ private settlement, whatever its terms, does not resolve the authors’ copyright infringement claims against Google. Google continues to profit from its use of millions of copyright-protected books without regard to authors’ rights, and our class-action lawsuit on behalf of U.S. authors continues.”
With the new agreement, publishers can choose to include and sell copies of eBooks digitized through the Google Library Project in the Google Play marketplace. The publishers involved in the suit are McGraw-Hill Companies; Pearson’s Pearson Education and Penguin Group (USA); John Wiley & Sons and Simon & Schuster.