Google Book Settlement

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) have released “ A Guide for the Perplexed: Libraries and the Google Library Project Settlement,” by Jonathan Band, JD.

The guide is designed to help the library community better understand the terms and conditions of the recent settlement agreement between Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers concerning Google’s scanning of copyrighted works. Band notes that the settlement is extremely complex and presents significant challenges and opportunities to libraries. The guide outlines and simplifies the settlement’s provisions, with special emphasis on the provisions that apply directly to libraries.


Google Book Settlement Brief (pdf)
May 2009

ALA, ARL, ACRL Host Meeting of Experts to Discuss Google Book Search Settlement (pdf)
February 2009

Google Book Settlement – 2 page Super Simple Summary (pdf)
January 2009

Principles for Digital Content (pdf)
OITP Digitization Workgroup, May 2007

The Google Library Project: The Copyright Debate (pdf)
Jonathan Band, January 2006

Google Book Settlement - The ALA Washington office informational site for the library community