The American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announce the release of “A Guide for the Perplexed Part III: The Amended Settlement Agreement.” The guide describes the major changes in the amended settlement agreement (ASA), submitted to the Court by Google, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers on November 13, 2009, with emphasis on those changes relevant to libraries.
While many of the amendments will have little direct impact on libraries, the ASA significantly reduces the scope of the settlement because it excludes most books published outside of the United States. In addition, the ASA provides the Book Rights Registry the authority to increase the number of free public access terminals in public libraries that had initially been set at one per library building, among other changes.
Looking ahead, the Court has accepted the parties’ recommended schedule and set January 28, 2010, as the deadline for class members to opt out of the ASA or to file objections, and February 4, 2010, as the deadline for the Department of Justice to file its comments. The Court will hold the fairness hearing on February 18, 2010.