I'm posting this for published authors who haven't gotten a heads up from their agents yet:
"This" is the settlement administration website for the Google Book Search Copyright Class Action Settlement. The purpose of this website is to inform you of a proposed Settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by authors and publishers, claiming that Google has violated their copyrights and those of other Rightsholders of Books and Inserts (click for definitions), by scanning their Books, creating an electronic database and displaying short excerpts without the permission of the copyright holders. Google denies the claims. The lawsuit is entitled The Authors Guild, Inc., et al. v. Google Inc., Case No. 05 CV 8136 (S.D.N.Y.) The Court has preliminarily approved the Settlement. For further information, please review the Notice."
Important Deadlines: Claim forms: January 5, 2010 Opt out: May 5, 2009
Also, please note -- I am not discussing this offer here on the blog nor do I have any further information or advice for other authors. If this proposed settlement affects you and you don't know what to do, talk to your agent and/or your attorney.