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Google’s Scanning of Books and Other Writings

I got this email and thought I would post it in full. You’ll probably see it around the web. I’m going to, one of these days, post my thoughts on the Google Settlement. Honestly I kind of fear it.

From: GoogleSettlement
Date: Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 2:30 PM
Subject: Legal Information Re: Google ¹s Scanning of Books and Other Writings

You are receiving this notice because we believe your members or readers may be interested in the settlement of a class action lawsuit regarding Google’s scanning of books and other writings. The proposed settlement affects the legal rights in the United States of authors and publishers throughout the world.

A summary of the Google Book Search settlement appears at the end of this email. Detailed information about the settlement is available at Please read the full Notice, which has details about the settlement, important terms, the claims process, and key dates. It is available at These documents and assistance with the claims process are also available from the Settlement Administrator by email ([email protected]) or telephone (1.888.356.0248).

We would very much appreciate if you would forward these links and contact information to your members or provide them on your website. (Upon request, we are happy to provide a sidebar graphic to link to the settlement website.) If you do provide the information to your members or readers, please send us a brief email informing us of the distribution, so that we can ensure our records are comprehensive.

If you have questions about the settlement, please visit or email the Settlement Administrator at [email protected] If you have questions about distributing the Notice or about the ongoing program to notify class members worldwide about this settlement, please contact the Notice Provider at [email protected]

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Julia
    Jan 23, 2009 @ 16:40:20

    So did you decide not to post the email?

  2. theo
    Jan 23, 2009 @ 16:56:36

    She must have gotten interrupted again….

  3. Jane
    Jan 23, 2009 @ 17:13:40

    Whoops – don’t know what happened there.

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