On 30 October in Washington, D.C., Alex Macgillivray, Associate General Council with Google, spoke and answered questions from various groups about the settlement agreement between Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) on behalf of a broad class of authors and publishers worldwide regarding Google Book Search. Macgillivray is the principal on the agreement.
The settlement agreement, if approved by a New York District Court (likely in June 2009), will provide more access to out-of-print books, create a new market for authors and publishers, and provide benefits to libraries and universities. As with any settlement agreement, the devil is in the details, and what is not yet established is what the pricing mechanism will be, and other possible access benefits or barriers. There will be much more to come on this in the next several months.