Google Book Search Copyright Settlement

Contact Information

The Settlement Administrator can be contacted at:

Settlement Administrator
c/o Rust Consulting, Inc.
PO Box 9364
Minneapolis, MN 55440-9364
United States of America

Please check this website periodically for updates.


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 parties must seek the Court's preliminary approval of this class action Settlement, approval of the Notice of Class Action Settlement (“Notice”) and approval of the manner in which the Notice is disseminated to the members of the proposed Settlement Class. The parties hope that the Court's preliminary approval will be granted shortly. This website will publish the official Notice as approved by the Court, the Settlement Agreement as preliminarily approved by the Court, and other information about the Settlement that we hope will be helpful to you.

In the meantime, click here for the Settlement Agreement that was filed with the Court. Click here to see the proposed Notice. Be advised that the Court has not yet approved the proposed Notice in its present form, and has not yet granted preliminary approval of the Settlement Agreement.

  • Who Is Included in the Settlement?

  • What Does the Settlement Provide?

  • What Should I Do at This Time?
    At this time, we only ask that you provide your contact information in the box at the upper right corner of this page so that we can send you the official, Court-approved Notice and update you on the Settlement if the Court gives its preliminary approval.

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