Another Google-related action

Posted: April 8th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: In the News | Tags: , | No Comments »

The National Law Journal is reporting this morning that another action has been initiated in connection with Google’s massive digitization project. After their attempt to join the ongoing action again Google was denied, photographers, illustrators, and eleven photograph and graphic arts organizations are suing Google, claiming copyright infringement.

The case is The American Society of Media Photographers, Inc. v. Google; a brief summary is available via

Still waiting…

Posted: November 9th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: In the News | Tags: | Comments Off on Still waiting…

The Google Book Settlement is not yet settled. Opposition to the settlement has been vocal and growing, and today’s New York Times notes that the parties have requested an extension to Friday, 13 November, to submit a revised settlement for the court’s review.

“Google Book Settlement Delayed Indefinitely”

Posted: September 25th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: In the News | Tags: | Comments Off on “Google Book Settlement Delayed Indefinitely”

In the wake of growing objections and concerns, judicial review of the Google Book Settlement has been delayed to give the parties an opportunity to revise the settlement terms to address concerns from the U.S. Department of Justice, numerous private parties, and foreign governments.

For information about the latest turn of events in what has been a much-delayed conclusion to the dispute between associations of authors and publishers and Google, Inc. over Google’s program to digitize books, the New York Times published a short summary, available online.

Resources and Alerts from The Authors Guild

Posted: February 15th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: In the News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Resources and Alerts from The Authors Guild

In addition to its useful resources for members including contract reviews, referrals, and other services, the Authors Guild also shares information about developments in publishing law and related matters with interested nonmembers via the Guild’s website. Two recent examples:

In the wake of the settlement in the Authors Guild v. Google action, the Authors Guild made a series of key documents available on its website, including a helpful distillation of the settlement agreement. More recently, after the announcement of the Kindle 2 by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the Guild advised caution for writers crossing the intersection of electronic and audio rights. Although this potential conflict has been on the radar of many of us who negotiate publishing contracts, the announcement of the forthcoming Kindle’s “text to speech” feature brought questions related to these rights into sharp relief.

Far from being a challenge to the right of individual readers to read aloud as some too-quick commentators alleged, the Guild’s alert was appropriate and appropriately swift, raising a legitimate concern about a matter that should be considered carefully, and not only by authors. I’m thinking of parties on both sides of the negotiation table. Authors, artists, and other contributors need to understand what rights they’re granting and what rights they’re reserving, and to do so mindfully and strategically. Publishers—especially those whose contract boilerplate has not been reviewed in a few years—need to consider what rights they need and how best to delineate those rights in the contracts on which their business rests.