Google Books moves to reassure EU.9/7/2009 6:51:26 AM
Internet search giant Google has promised to make concessions to European publishers as it seeks to win over EU support for its project to make millions of books available online.
The European Commission European Commission, branch of the governing body of the European Union (EU) invested with executive and some legislative powers. Located in Brussels, Belgium, it was founded in 1967 when the three treaty organizations comprising what was then the European Community was due to examine Google's proposal on Monday, amid concerns by some European
copyright holders that their exclusive rights could be eroded.
The Commission will look at a recent deal Google reached with America's Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers (body, publication) Association of American Publishers - (AAP) A group engaged in standardisation efforts in document preparation. .
Last year, Google reached a settlement with the US author and publisher groups on a copyright infringement Noun 1. copyright infringement - a violation of the rights secured by a copyright
infringement of copyright
plagiarisation, plagiarization, piracy, plagiarism - the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own class action they bought against the company in 2005.
Under the settlement, Google agreed to pay $125m to resolve outstanding claims and establish a "Book Rights Registry," which will provide revenue from sales and advertising to authors and publishers who agree to digitise their books.
But the deal has been controversial, with Germany complaining that the settlement violates international treaties on authors' rights “Droit d'auteur” redirects here. For other uses, see Droit d'auteur (disambiguation).
Authors' rights are a part of copyright law. The term is a direct translation of the French term droit d'auteur (also German Urheberrecht .
In a bid to soothe the concerns of European publishers and authors, Google has agreed to have two non-US representatives on the board of a body that will administer the US legal settlement, the UK's Financial Times newspaper reported.
The newspaper cited a letter sent to 16 EU publishers' representatives at the weekend.
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1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the letter, Google also promised to consult European publishers before cataloguing some European books in its digital library.
But many still have reservations about the scheme.
"Google does have the right to earn profit from this plan, considering the amount of money it settled with under the deal," Robert Pullan, chairman of the Australian Society of Authors The Society of Authors (UK) is a trade union for professional writers that was founded in 1884 to protect the rights of writers and fight to retain those rights (with particular attention to copyright protection and, later, the establishment of Public Lending Right). , told Al Jazeera This article is about the TV network and channel. For other uses, see Jazira.
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"But I do believe that the authors' rights may be disregarded for the sake of profit."
But Google argues that digitising the world's out of print books and in copyright books in full, it will connect readers with books everywhere on the planet.
"If you think that of all the books that have been published since the beginning of time, a very small percentage of books still remain in print," Santiago de la Mora MORA, In civil law. This term, in mora, is used to denote that a party to a contract, who is obliged to do anything, has neglected to perform it, and is in default. Story on Bailm. Sec. 123, 259; Jones on Bailm. 70; Poth. Pret a Usage, c. 2, Sec. 2, art. 2, n. , Google's Book Partnerships Director, said.
"This does not mean however that the books that are out of print don't have an audience and I think that conceptually every book has a reader .... with the internet, these books are coming back to life."
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