Here is a link to a recent interesting article about Google's worldwide efforts to reach authors and publishers of books regarding a recent lawsuit settlement deal.
Why is this important? Because Google has settled a class action lawsuit filed against it by a group of authors and publishers who believed that Google's plan to scan and offer for viewing millions of books without the permission of the authors and published violated their copyrights. As part of the settlement, Google will spend $125 million to create a system that will offer copyright owners a chance to opt out of Google's system or receive payment. Thus Google's plan and this settlement could potentially affect millions of authors and publishers worldwide.