February 24, 2021

National Library of the Netherlands Makes Its Contract With Google Available Online

From the National Library of the Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek) On 14 July 2010 the KB and Google signed a contract for the digitization of 160.000 books from the collection of the KB that are free of copyright. Both parties made this widely known by means of their websites and via the press, and have consistently […]

Google Book-Scanning Lawsuit Is Dropped by French Publishers

From Bloomberg: Three French publishers dropped a 9.8 million-euro ($13.8 million) lawsuit against Google Inc. (GOOG) over books scanned by the search-engine company. Editions Albin Michel SA, Editions Gallimard SA and Flammarion made the decision in order to resume negotiations to reach a deal on scanning copyright-protected works for Google’s digital library. “Google suspended negotiations” […]

Google Books: "Google Strikes Deal With French Publisher La Martiniere Groupe"

From Dow Jones Newswires: The deal is the second major agreement the web giant reaches with a publishing house, following a controversy over the group’s digital library project. [Clip] “This collaboration constitutes an important step in our relationships with French publishers and contributes to the preservation of the French culture,” Philippe Colombet, head of Google […]

Full Text of the British Library's Digitization Contract With Google + Links to Other Google Digi Agreements

Via Dr. David Weinberger’s Joho the Blog: Thanks to the persistence of Javier Ruiz of the British Open Rights Group, you can now read [pdf] the contract between the British Library and Google Books. Google has shrouded its book digitization contracts in non-disclosures wrapped in lead sheathing that is then buried in collapsed portions of […]

Digital Scholarship Press Updates Their "Google Books Bibliography"

Digital Scholarship Press/Charles W. Bailey, Jr. has posted Version 7 of the essential Google Books Bibliography. As we’ve said many times in the past, this resource is the definitive resource for the topic and is a valuable tools for many users including info pros, students, lawyers, and journalists. This selective bibliography presents over 320 articles […]

James Grimmelman Reports About Today's Google Book Settlement Status Conference

A Google Books Settlement (GBS) status conference took place between all of the involved parties today in the courtroom of Judge Chin. Professor James Grimmelmann from the New York Law School reports about what took place at today’s conference. You can read his report on The Laboratorium Blog. Next Court Event: A status conference is […]

iriver Will Release a Google eBooks-integrated eReader

The iriver Story HD eReader will be released this coming Sunday at Target and on Target.com. From the Inside Google Blooks Blog: The iriver Story HD, which retails for $139.99, is slim and lightweight with a high-resolution e-ink screen and a QWERTY keyboard for easy searching. It includes over-the-air access to hundreds of thousands of […]

Google Book Settlement Status Conference Begins and Ends in a Matter of Minutes

A GBS status conference that was scheduled for today did take place. However, according to Google Book Settlement expert, Professor James Grimmelmann, “Absolutely nothing happened.” Actually, this is what happened. If you blinked you might have missed it. Both parties asked Judge Chin for more time to talk, he agreed, and then set July 19th […]

"ARL Suggests Privacy Oversight for Google Books"

In a post on the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Policy Notes blog, ARL’s Brandon Butler points out that on Tuesday the association filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that suggest the it, “require strong protection for reader privacy in the Google Books service.” Butler also points out that anyone file comments with […]