Webinar on the Google Book Settlement next week

The Copyright Clearance Center is sponsoring a webinar on April 14th called, The Authors Guild, AAP, Google Settlement: What Authors & Publishers Need to Know as May 5th Approaches. More info here.

Details include:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 12:00 pm
Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -04:00, New York)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:00 pm
GMT Daylight Time (GMT +01:00, London)

On June 11, 2009, a federal court will hold a fairness hearing to review the proposed settlement of lawsuits brought by U.S. authors and publishers against Google for its unauthorized scanning and use of in-copyright books as part of the Google Library Project.

Rightsholders affected by the class-action settlement have until May 5, 2009 to decide whether to participate or opt-out and their decision may have business implications.

Copyright Clearance Center is hosting a free, 1-hour informational online seminar featuring nationally renowned publishing copyright expert and attorney, Lois Wasoff, focusing on key points of the settlement in order to help publishers, authors and literary agents understand their options as May 5th approaches.

Any author or publisher of a book published on or before January 5, 2009. If that description pertains to you, you may be a member of the Settlement Class under the proposed Settlement Agreement between authors, publishers and Google. Members of the Settlement Class must decide to opt-out or participate by May 5, 2009.

Lois Wasoff has played important roles in industry–wide initiatives through her representation of her clients on several committees of the Association of American Publishers, and at meetings and conferences held in the United States and abroad. She served as a member of the Section 108 Study Group, which was formed by the Library of Congress to examine how the copyright exceptions and limitations applicable to libraries and archives may need to be amended in response to the widespread use of digital technology. She is a past Chairman of the Copyright Committee of the Association of American Publishers, a Trustee and a member of the Executive Committee of the Copyright Society of the USA, and the former chair of the Copyright Society’s New England Chapter. Until March of 2002, when she left to begin her own practice, Lois was Vice President and Corporate Counsel of Houghton Mifflin Company.