EU investigating Google Books settlements
In the US Google has made several settlements with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers (AAP). With this deal Google was able to scan thousends of books without getting in trouble with copyright issues.
Google was hoping to get a similar deal in Europe. That way Europe would also benefit from the scanning of books Google is doing. A "online" library would indeed be very interesting for readers, especcially when you could download them to for example the Kindle or the iPhone.
It could be less interesting though for the authors. They could be running into the same issue the music industry ran into in the last decade. A deal like Google made with the AAP in the US should prevent the authors from being damaged too much.
The European Commission feels that the deal Google has made might not be so helpful for the European authors. Right now European authors who have been published in the US are part of the AAP-deal but can opt-out if they want to. Tthe EU is now looking into the affects of the settlement on European authors. Google has not yet responded to this step but will surely be interested in the outcomes of this investigation.
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