American authors and publishers have reached an agreement with Google, settling their two year dispute and significantly expanding online access to works through Google Book Search. The agreement (see full Press release) includes the establishment of a Books Rights Registry in which US Copyright holders can register their works and receive appropriate compensation for the digitization of their works.
Kinsella/Novak Communications, the Notice Provider that will administer the worldwide notice program, has representatives attending the IFRRO annual meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Katherine Kinsella and Belinda Bulger will meet with RROs and begin the process of securing their participation in the notice program. The parties and the Notice Provider consider RROs to be an important component of the notice program (providing information about the settlement to rightholders) and will work with them to facilitate direct notice to their members.