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Is Google Turning the Page?

The New York Times today reported on a new agreement that grants Google limited rights to scan out of print publications owned by French publisher Hachette Livre.

Readers will remember that Hachette Livre was among the broad group of authors, librarians, public advocates and government officials that opposed the pending Google Book Settlement. French opposition was prominent from both private and official channels.

While details are scarce and still being finalized, the New York Times’ account points to a new Google strategy that eschews using the class action process to secure a blanket agreement and returning to the old fashioned way of doing business – around a negotiating table.

And while the French publisher is hopeful about their new deal with Google, the old deal still pending before Judge Chin retains the smell of an overripe Camembert.

Mr. Nourry said Hachette retained the right to take legal action against Google over its past book scanning activities, saying “we have agreed to disagree about the past.” He emphasized that the accord announced Tuesday was an “agreement,” rather than a “settlement.”

This turn of events is a welcome change from Google, who until recently was interested in pursuing a “my way or the highway” approach.  Now that we’re seeing that Google can successfully negotiate traditional deals for publishing rights, we have to wonder if they’ll drop or amend the GBS in a similar manner.

Originally posted on The Open Book Alliance Blog by admin.

Written by internetarchive

November 18, 2010 at 8:48 am

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