Sunday, April 12, 2009

How to Opt Out of the Google Book Settlement

I just opted out myself. To join me, go to and fill out the form.

At the bottom of the form, you will need to decide whether to check the box marked

Submit to Google my request that Google not digitize the books identified above or, if Google has already digitized any or all of these books, that it not display material from the books, including snippets.

or the one marked

I request that Google contact me to discuss the books and Inserts identified above.

Below is the Google settlement site's answer to the question, "What happens to the books of authors and publishers who opt out of the settlement?" It is gobbledygook. I chose the second option, mostly because I want to see what happens next.

Irv Muchnick


  1. If an author or publisher opts out of the Settlement, the terms of the Settlement will not apply to this author or publisher. This means that the author or publisher is retaining all rights to bring a legal action against Google, for digitizing and displaying the author’s or publisher’s books and Inserts, and against the Participating Libraries, if desired. It also means that the Settlement neither authorizes Google to make certain uses of these books and Inserts nor does it prohibit Google from doing so.
  2. By checking a box on the opt out page, however, the author or publisher can request that the Settlement Administrator ask Google not to digitize (or, if already digitized, not to display any contents from) the books or Inserts identified in the opt out form, Although Google has no obligation under the Settlement to comply with such request, Google has advised the Settlement Administrator that it is Google’s current policy to voluntarily honor such requests, if the books or Inserts are individually specified, are in copyright, and the author or publisher has a valid and unchallenged copyright interest in their books and Inserts.
  3. Alternatively, if, notwithstanding the decision of an author or publisher to opt out of the Settlement, the author or publisher would like Google to contact them regarding Google’s use of their books or Inserts other than through the Settlement, the author or publisher can check a different box on the opt out page.

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Anonymous Frances Grimble said...

Considering that in my experience the on-line opt-out-of-the-Settlement form gives no confirmation whatever by email or otherwise--which any shopping cart on the net can manage to do--I'd strongly advise sending any opt-outs in letter form sent by certified mail. Otherwise, if Google sells your books you have no real way to legally prove you opted out and on what date.

And for those opting INTO the settlement and claiming works, the database changes constantly as Google not only scans more books but scans the same ones multiple times as they are lent to Google by different libraries.

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