Creative Commons licensed works available on Google Books
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Deutsch: Unter Creative Commons lizenzierte Werke auf Google Books erhältlich
Google Books announced on 13 August 2009 the launching of an initiative allowing writers, artists and publishers to specify their works as Creative Commons (CC) works, being able to choose between the six CC version 3 licenses, a public domain license or the CC "no rights reserved" license. This gives right holders a simple way to give clear indications on the legal rights they have to CC-licensed works found through Google Books and tell readers whether and how they can use the copyrighted books.
A few authors have already made their CC books available on Google Books and these books have been marked by a matching logo on the book's left hand navigation bar. Books can thus be downloaded, shared and even modified and remixed if the right holder has chosen to allow this.
People downloading these books agree to use them only as specified by the license, as for instance giving proper credit to the author in case of remixing and further public distributions.
Google Books also announced that according to the publisher's choice, it will introduce the option to restrict searches of books accordingly. Representatives of the Book Rights Registry have also shown the intention to allow the free distribution by right holders of CC-licensed works in case the settlement is approved in court.
This action might come also in light of the late criticism and investigation of Google Books by the European Commission with the hearing to come very soon on 7 September. The hearing seems to come late, as 4 September is the deadline of submissions on the settlement that the US Judge has set in this case. With a final decision in this case estimated on 7 October, the European hearing finds widespread disagreement between different publishers.
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