Authors Guild/AAP/Google Settlement Gives Authors, Publishers ‘Unprecedented… Control’ Over Their Copyrights
In first public interview,
A month ago, the publishing trade media reported that
Healy spoke for the first time about his involvement with this work in an exclusive interview at the offices of Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) last week. That interview will be released online today at www.copyright.com.
A trained librarian, Healy pointed with enthusiasm to the terms of the settlement that, if approved, he said, will result in “turning every public library in this country into a world-class research facility. You have to see the revolutionary character of that.”
The proposed settlement gives Google rights to scan and provide online access to millions of books, many of which are out-of-print or otherwise not commercially available. Non-U.S. publishers and authors whose works are subject to the settlement have expressed concerns, Healy said, about the methods used to decide “whether a book is commercially available, [which] affects how the book will be displayed.” While the resources for that determination are fairly obvious for U.S. works, he said, the sources to be used vary from country to country. “I think there has been a really productive partnership with rightsholders overseas about those issues,” Healy said.
Healy also cited the benefits of participating in the settlement for authors and publishers worldwide. “The Book Rights Registry introduces into the environment an unprecedented degree of control to authors, publishers and other rightsholders on how their copyrights are exploited and distributed in this new digital world,” he explained.
In 2009, book readers have shifted their expectations about content delivery from the traditional print forms to cell phones and e-book readers, Healy said, “and they want [the content] priced in a different way too.” He added, “The consumer, the reader, is changing, and I suspect the successful publishers tomorrow will be those who recognize the extent to which the landscape for the consumer is being transformed.”
“The proposed Google Books Settlement is complex, and
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