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Google Book Search: great deal between Authors, Publishers, Libraries, and Google. Knowledge no limits! Wonderful achievement for all the readers.
Image of Google Book Search Beta courtesy of Google.
Copyright Accord Would Make Millions More Books Available Online.
NEW YORK, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), and Google today announced a groundbreaking settlement agreement on behalf of a broad class of authors and publishers worldwide that would expand online access to millions of in-copyright books and other written materials in the U.S. from the
collections of a number of major U.S. libraries participating in Google Book Search. The agreement, reached after two years of negotiations, would resolve a class-action lawsuit brought by book authors and the Authors Guild, as well as a separate lawsuit filed by five large publishers as representatives of the AAP’s membership. The class action is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
The agreement promises to benefit readers and researchers, and enhance the ability of authors and publishers to distribute their content in digital form, by significantly expanding online access to works through Google Book Search, an ambitious effort to make millions of books
searchable via the Web. The agreement acknowledges the rights and interests of copyright owners, provides an efficient means for them to control how their intellectual property is accessed online and enables them to receive compensation for online access to their works.
If approved by the court, the agreement would provide:
- – More Access to Out-of-Print Books — Generating greater exposure for millions of in-copyright works, including hard-to-find out-of-print books, by enabling readers in the U.S. to search these works and preview them online;
- – Additional Ways to Purchase Copyrighted Books — Building off publishers’ and authors’ current efforts and further expanding the electronic market for copyrighted books in the U.S., by offering users the ability to purchase online access to many in-copyright books;
- – Institutional Subscriptions to Millions of Books Online — Offering a means for U.S. colleges, universities and other organizations to obtain subscriptions for online access to collections from some of the world’s most renowned libraries;
- – Free Access From U.S. Libraries — Providing free, full-text, online viewing of millions of out-of-print books at designated computers in U.S. public and university libraries; and
- – Compensation to Authors and Publishers and Control Over Access to Their Works — Distributing payments earned from online access provided by Google and, prospectively, from similar programs that may be established by other providers, through a newly created independent, not-for-profit Book Rights Registry that will also locate rightsholders, collect and maintain accurate rightsholder information, and provide a way for rightsholders to request inclusion in or exclusion from the project.
Under the agreement, Google will make payments totaling $125 million.
Sergey Brin, co-founder & president of technology at Google said:
“Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Today, together with the authors, publishers, and libraries, we have been able to make a great leap in this endeavor. While this agreement is a real win-win for all of us, the real victors are all the readers. The tremendous wealth of knowledge that lies within the books of the world will now be at their fingertips.”
For more information about this agreement, including information about whether you may be a class member, please visit http://books.google.com/booksrightsholders. Class members include authors (the Author Sub-Class) and publishers (the Publisher Sub-Class), and their
heirs and successors, of books and other written works protected by U.S. copyright law.
Full article available here: http://www.prnewswire.com
I am going to try a new way to summarize information.
I just read an article very interesting about (once again) surveillance society and advertising. But this time is about billboards.
Few months ago I realized a project for the module “internet technologies” and this project is a website called “content analyzer“. It is a basic/easy/simple way to analyze text. Mainly it retrieves the statistics of a document (e.g. how may words in the document, frequency of each single word, sorting by Alpha or Frequency). You can try it by yourself clicking on the link above.
I decided to take the first 10 nouns and all the verbs and subjects from the top list down to the last noun i chose (in this case “technology”).
You can choose as many words as you like, but to keep it as a summarization, i decided to stop at the first 10 nouns.
This analysis is really a basic one, and it can be modified/improved in many different ways.
Below is the complete statistical result: