In October 2008, Google announced a settlement agreement with a broad class of authors and publishers to make the world's books even more accessible online. If approved, the agreement will help readers access millions of hard-to-find, out-of-print books; it will provide new opportunities for authors and publishers to sell their works; and it will further the efforts of our library partners to preserve and maintain their collections while making books more accessible for people on their home computers, in their academic institutions, and in public libraries across the U.S.
On November 13, 2009, the parties to the settlement filed an amended agreement with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Over the last several months, we have been carefully reviewing the submissions filed with the Court, including that of the Department of Justice. The changes made to the settlement were developed to address many of these concerns, while preserving the core benefits of the agreement.
On February 11, 2010, Google filed its brief in support of motion for final approval of the amended settlement agreement. An overview of the revised Google Books Settlement Agreement can be found here. An FAQ with more information can be found here. To read the amended settlement agreement and the supplemental notice, just click on the links.
Authors, publishers, students, teachers, librarians, and civil rights organizations have voiced their support for the agreement over the past months. This site provides a snapshot of their views and some of the ways the settlement will increase access to information.
If you'd like more information about the settlement -- including a summary of its provisions, the complete text of the agreement, information for libraries, or an FAQ -- click on this link. And if you're an author, publisher, or copyright holder, please visit the settlement administration site for information.