The Writers’ League of Texas Presents
The Google Book Settlement:
What’s an Author to Do?
Teleconference Call with Media Attorney Steven D. Smit
4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2
Free to Writers’ League members / $10 for nonmembers
Steven D. Smith
If you’re an author who has received an opt-out letter regarding the Google Book Settlement, it’s hard to know what opting out or staying in actually means for you. And with the opt-out deadline of Sept. 4 approaching, authors are scrambling to make a decision.
As a service to our members and other authors, the Writers’ League of Texas is hosting a teleconference call with attorney Steven D. Smit, of Graves, Dougherty, Hearon, & Moody in Austin. Steve has been monitoring the Google settlement and will give an overview of the settlement and review the pros and cons of opting out.
NOTE: The conference call is limited to the first 90 registrants; you MUST register here. The dial-in number and pass code will be sent to registrants in an e-mail confirmation.
For more on the Google Settlement, see our previous post, “The Google Settlement: Opt Out or Stay In?”
We’re just as puzzled by authors as to what the Google Book Settlement really means for them and whether they should or should not opt out of the settlement. Although the Writers’ League of Texas cannot advise our members one way or another, we can provide some resources to help authors make an informed decision.
If you have received an official opt-out letter with a September 4 deadline, here are some links that you might want to look at:
The Google Book Settlement administration site
The Authors Guild
New York Times: “Group Lays Out Argument Against Google Books Deal” — About the new Open Book Alliance with members such as Microsoft, Amazon, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Yahoo.
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) statement
FinePrint Literary Management’s Google Update page
The Association of American Publishers
That’s just a start of resources available. Ironically, “googling Google Book Settlement” will probably bring up more pros and cons about this!
If any of you find other good sites with information, please feel free to post a comment.
— Cyndi Hughes