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1 ASA Google Book Settlement Seminar The basics

2 Starting points This seminar is an introduction to the issue and how you can ascertain your situation on a KISS basis The ASA is not recommending opting in or opting out, only that you do one or the other The aim is to help you determine any benefits or downsides And how to navigate a complex issue So here are some things you need to know

3 Google BookSearch Google BookSearch contains bibliographic data and sample pages of books for browsing (not downloadable and very difficult to print) with links to bookshops, libraries and other reference material The advertising on the pages is meant to generate the income proposed to be shared. Use BookSearch to find the digitisation status of your works. What it looks like in basic form

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5 Google’s Partnership program Google has already partnered with a number of publishers to place content online for browsing. The idea is to promote sales of the physical book. Google is also looking at different models where individuals pay to access a full copy of a book and also to licence a database of its digitised material to libraries and educational institutions, but this is not happening yet. Books in the partnership program are not part of the Google Book Settlement. Remember this!!! Self publishers can place their material on Google BookSearch. Books do not need an ISBN. Advertising can be turned off by publisher partners.

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8 History of Google Book Settlement In 2004, Google entered into agreements with a number of US university libraries to digitise their collections (over 7 million books). This led to the suit from the Author ’ s Guild and the American Publishers ’ Association, the basis of the suit being that Google had to no right to digitise. Google proposed to test this under the US Copyright Act Fair Use provisions. In 2008, it reached a settlement on the matter, and this is what is the Google Book Settlement.

9 Some basics of the Settlement If rightsholders opt in, Google propose to pay a one-off fee US$60 for each book digitised from university libraries and $15 for each insert (poem, foreword, chapter etc.) Ongoing income will be split 63% to rightsholders and 37% to Google from advertising income. If rightsholders opt out, their digitised works will not be used and no payment will be made. If rightsholders do nothing, their works may be displayed but they will not be paid.

10 Some basics Continued The agreement will permit Google, on a non- exclusive basis, to continue to digitise books from any source, to maintain, expand and sell access to these books and pass on any payments you may be owed for such use either via your Publisher or directly.

11 BookSearch shows digitisation status

12 Digitisation status shows

13 Searchable content, not showing

14 Information on the project

15 Partnership Project

16 Preview the book

17 Publisher information

18 Viewing pages

19 More viewable content

20 Inserts

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27 Some things we’ve learned When entering an ISBN, use no spaces or dashes The fact a book comes up doesn’t mean it’s been digitised You can indicate different usages you prefer The tax situation with payments from the USA is very unclear The Book Registry backroom will be a rights nightmare Don’t confuse partnership program with the Book Settlement!!!!!

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31 Where to from here Questions Notes will be at Rob Pullan, ASA Chair Drinks, nibbles and socialising


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