Google & Book Association Bury Hatchet Over Copyright Fight

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The book world can rest a little bit easier now: Google and the Association of American Publishers recently reached a settlement on their squabble over copyright infringement, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Dating back nearly five years ago, Google began scanning published titles for their inclusion in the company’s Library Project, a platform that lets users search key terms included in a title’s text. New terms of the deal mean Google will be able to continue the work while authors can request their material be removed from the service.

The director of the association, meanwhile, appeared satisfied that the case had reached its conclusion. “The digital market had changed significantly, and our publishers have ongoing retail relationships with Google,” commented Association of American Publishers CEO Tom Allen in the Journal’s report.

One aspect has yet to be covered, however. Another group, the Authors Guild, is still fighting Google’s right to scan the text of books. Google sells e-books through its Play Store, competing with other online retailers including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.