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Scott Turow on Google Ruling


“Although this Alexandria of out-of-print books appears lost at the moment,” said Authors Guild President Scott Turow, “we’ll be studying Judge Chin’s decision and plan on talking to the publishers and Google with the hope that we can arrive at a settlement within the court’s parameters that makes sense for all parties.”

“Regardless of the outcome of our discussions with publishers and Google, opening up far greater access to out-of-print books through new technologies that create new markets is an idea whose time has come,” said Mr.Turow. “Readers want access to these unavailable works, and authors need every market they can get.  There has to be a way to make this happen.  It’s a top priority for the Authors Guild.”

Judge Chin’s decision on the proposed settlement of the Google litigation, released earlier this afternoon, is here.

Google Book Settlement Update: Court Extends Filing Deadline for Cash Payments


At the request of authors, publishers and Google, the court has extended the deadline to file for an upfront payment in the Google Book Settlement. Any author or publisher claiming an upfront payment — a “Cash Payment” — will now have until one year after the Court’s final approval of the settlement to file.

Authors whose works were scanned by Google on or before May 5, 2009 may be entitled to claim a Cash Payment. If you are not claiming a Cash Payment, you may file at any time.

The deadline to remove your work from all databases (we don’t recommend this, since it may be irrevocable — you’ll have more flexibility by simply blocking displays) is still April 5, 2011.

Find out whether your work was scanned, and read the filing instructions here: Google Book Search Claims

Final approval of the Google Book Settlement is still pending.