Thursday 16th April 2009: The Google Settlement

The Google Copyright Settlement:
Writers must act before May 5th or cede rights to Google

Where: United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2

When: 8 p.m. Thursday 16 April

Cost: Euro 3 members & Euro 5 non-members

The recent Google copyright settlement has extraordinary implications for writers and authors. The printed word and intellectual property has changed forevermore. Authors need to understand what is happening. If writers don’t opt out of the settlement by May 5th, they cede important rights in their work to Google, who will be entitled to copy and sell significant parts of most work published before January 5th 2009.

Get informed now by attending this timely event. Speakers include Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole; executive director of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency Samantha Holman; managing director of O’Brien Press Ivan O’Brien; and Clodagh Feehan, managing director of Mercier Press. It will be chaired by Joe Armstrong, managing editor, Ireland, of Peter Lang academic publishing.

Fintan O’Toole is a columnist, assistant editor and drama critic for The Irish Times. A highly regarded commentator, he recently said of the Google settlement in The Irish Times: ‘As a result of one private court case in the US, the immense power of the digital book will be Google’s to command. No king, no court, no academy, no censor, no dictator has ever enjoyed the level of control over the written word that a private company will have acquired.’

Samantha Holman is the executive director of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency. ICLA recently sponsored an event to make authors aware of the implications of the Google settlement and to advise authors of what they need to do by May 5th. Ivan O’Brien, managing director of The O’Brien Press, has worked in the family company full-time since 1997 and his interests include IT, production and sales. Clodagh Feehan, managing director of Mercier Press, is the third generation of the Feehan family in the Cork-based publishing house. Joe Armstrong is the managing editor for Ireland of Peter Lang academic publishing.

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