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Google Books: Implications for Ex-US Rights Holders

August 24, 2009

In one of the best summaries I’ve seen on the implications of the Google Books settlement for ex-US rights holders, the New Zealand Society of Authors told its members:

“Unless New Zealand authors or publishers formally opt out of the settlement, or formally opt in but request Google not to digitize and/or display their books, Google will have the non-exclusive right to digitize any of their books that were published anywhere before 5 January 2009, whether it has digitized them already or not.”

New Zealand joins Germany in opposing the Google Books Settlement, largely for the same reasons.

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