The Google Books copyright case centers on several copyright infringement cases filed by the American Association of Publishers (AAP), the Authors Guild, and others against Google for digitizing, indexing, and providing search access to the public of millions of library books.
Since the lawsuit was initially filed in 2005, numerous actions have occurred. The AAP, the Authors Guild, and Google proposed an initial settlement in 2008, but after privacy, antitrust, and other concerns were expressed by numerous parties, including the US Dept. of Justice, the settlement proposal was rejected by the court (Judge Chin). In 2012, after continuing negotiations to reach a revised settlement fell through, the AAP settled separately with Google, in an undisclosed settlement that reportedly appears to be largely a concession by the publishers. The Authors Guild has continued its litigation, and in 2012 won certification as representative of a very broad class of authors. That decision is on appeal to the Second Circuit.
You may have heard about the Google BookSearch settlement. (e.g., the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/technology/google-and-publishers-settle-over-digital-books.html ). Don't get too excited, because it was the least exciting part of the case that settled -- and the rest of the case continues.
– Laura Quilter
Last Edited: 2 February 2013