Google Book Search Settlement
Settlement in lawsuit filed by the Association of American Publishers and the Author's Guild against Google Book Search.
It focuses on books that are in-CopyRight but Out Of Print.
I think it means
a registry is being created to manage flows of payments between Google and "rightsholders"
Google can continue to show Previews/excerpts of books, paying 2/3 of the revenue to the registry
Google can sell full-access to the book for consumers (is this opt-in? what about the orphaned works?)
each rightsholder can either specify a price ("Specified Price") to offer access to the entire book, or let Google calculate the maximum-revenue-to-rightsholder-generating price ("Settlement Controlled Price"). Google pays the same % to the registry either way.
other groups wanting to distribute EBook-s in a similar way could go to the registry and get a similar deal. But they'd have to do their own scanning.