U.S. settlement ends four years of litigation over the inclusion of visual works in Google Books

As informed in a press release by the American Society of Media Photographers, ASMP (see: ASMP website), a group of photographers, visual artists and affiliated associations have recently reached a U.S. settlement with Google. The agreement resolves a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against Google in 2010 (ASMP et al. v. Google), bringing to an end more than four years of litigation. The settlement, which does not need to be approved by the court, includes funding for the PLUS Coalition, a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping rightholders communicate clearly and efficiently about rights in their works. Further terms of the agreement are confidential. 

The plaintiffs in the case are U.S. rightholder associations and individual visual artists, including the IFRRO members ASMP (American Association of Media Photographers), APA (American Photographic Artists) and GAG (Graphic Artists Guild). 
 
The parties highlight that this agreement does not affect Google’s current litigation with the Authors Guild or otherwise address the underlying questions in that suit (see: IFRRO’s amicus curiae brief in this regard, available on the IFRRO website).