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Authors Guild v. Google Settlement Resources Page

On October 28, 2008 the Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers and Google announced the landmark settlement of Authors Guild v. Google. On this page, we’ve gathered documents and links that will be of interest to authors and others regarding this settlement.

Critical Dates:

January 28, 2010.  This is the new deadline to opt out of the settlement.  If you had previously opted out and would like to be in, this is the opt in deadline (those who haven’t opted out have no need to opt in). This is also the deadline to object to the new provisions in the amended settlement.

February 4, 2010. This is the deadline to file a notice of intent to appear at the Fairness Hearing.

February 18, 2010. Fairness Hearing.

March 31, 2011. This is the deadline to claim your books and inserts to be eligible for cash payments for their digitization.

Key Legal Documents:


Amended Settlement Agreement  November 13, 2009

Order Extending Time to File Amended Settlement November 9, 2009

Order Adjourning Fairness Hearing September 24, 2009

Department of Justice Statement of Interest  September 18, 2009

Preliminary Approval Order  November 17, 2008

Settlement Agreement   October 28, 2008

Extension Order  April 28, 2009

Press Resources:

Settlement Website  Official Website

Roy Blount’s Message to Authors Guild Members  October 28, 2008

How the Settlement Will Work

Press Conference Remarks of Guild Executive Director  October 28, 2008

Press Release  October 28, 2008

Press FAQs  October 28, 2008

University Joint Press Release October 28, 2008.  University of Michigain, University of California and Stanford Press Release

Litigation History:

Authors Guild v Google  September 20, 2005.  Authors’ Initial Complaint

McGraw-Hill v. Google  October 19, 2005. Publishers’ Initial Complaint

McGraw-Hill v. Google  November 8, 2005.  Google’s Answer to Publishers’ Complaint

Authors Guild v. Google  November 30, 2005. Google’s Answer to Authors’ Complaint