For a general overview of Google Books and the Settlement on YouTube click here .
For a better understanding of the role of the Settlement in leveling the educational playing field for minority students and students with disabilities click here
For a discussion of what the Settlement means for publishers click here. There's information on a webinar below too.
I have to note that I do get irritated at those that trumpet "all content should be free." Hey, I'm sure we'd all like everything to be free! But if someone started announcing that all lawyers should work for free, or all milk should be free, we'd see the absurdity of that statement! Why can't they acknowledge the same value for Intellectual Property (IP) or the written material many sweat blood to create.
As noted previously, if you'd like to learn more about the settlement, you can also check out the information on the Author's Guild and the Association of American Publisher's websites.
But there's also a recent Webinar hosted by Publisher's Weekly you can access. Go to www.PublishersWeekly.com, click on "Tools" to the far right of the top navibar, then Webcasts and register for the webcast:
Google Library Project Settlement: What It Means for Publishers (or just click on the link!).
You will be able to access the webcast archive for one year following the initial webcast.
Description of the Webinar:
In a webinar first, the leaders involved with the crafting of the Google Library Project Settlement will share with the publishing industry the benefits of the agreement for publishers and authors. If approved by the Court in October, the agreement will create one of the most far-reaching intellectual, cultural, and commercial platforms for access to digital books for the reading public, while granting publishers unprecedented opportunities and protections. Presented in collaboration with Google, The Association of American Publishers, and Publishers Weekly, the web session is a must-attend event.
Richard Sarnoff, Co-Chair, Bertelsmann, Inc., AAP Board of Directors
John Sargent, Chief Executive Officer, Macmillan, AAP Board of Directors
Jan Constantine, General Counsel, Author's Guild
James Gleick, Author
Michael Healy, Executive Director Designate, Book Rights Registry
Jim Milliot, News Director, Publishers Weekly