Google Alters Agreement With US Book Publishers Association

Google Inc, along with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers has submitted a revised version of a pact which was first released in October 2008, to the Justice Department, late on Friday.

According to the older pact, Google was to gain permission to sell and distribute millions of digital books online, giving a part of the revenue to the right holders.

Now the revised settlement is based on the same line in addition of new pricing options and services offered by Google in the domain of digital books.

The issue that Google gets to sell digital works whose legal rights owners have not been identified, which are also known as Orphan works, still remains a topic of criticism, although Google has agreed to set up an independent fiduciary to safe guard the interests of the unidentified legal rights owner of the digital works.

However the Justice Department is aware of the fact that the settlement gives Google immunity against lawsuits filed by the owners of the orphan works and said that it is investigating the settlement and will file its reactions in early next year.

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Companies like Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft corp. who have concerns about the deal continue to wait for a hearing date on the case which has been pending for many years and the time table for parties to object to the changes made in the pact.

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