Voice over IP functionality, advertising, offensive materials, collection of customer information without express customer knowledge and consent, or usage of the Amazon or Kindle brand in any way are not allowed. In addition, active content must meet all Amazon technical requirements, not be a generic reader, and not contain malicious code.
We will work to refine the above guidelines throughout the beta.
A country’s copyright law applies only within that country’s territory. This litigation concerns Google’s infringement in the United States of United States copyrights. Therefore, the settlement resolves only this litigation concerning United States copyrights. And although the settlement through the class action mechanism applies to non-United States rightsholders, the settlement applies only to their United States copyrights.
Google will provide the expanded services permitted under the settlement just to users located in the United States. Users outside of the United States will only have access to the current Library Project service, which displays three “snippets” consisting of a few sentences of text in response to each search query. Pending litigation in other countries concerning this service will continue.
For example, a Canadian author who published a book in Canada in 2000 has a copyright in the book in Canada, the United States and every other country that signed the Berne Convention. He is a member of the class of plaintiffs in the United States litigation, and the settlement applies to his United States copyright in the book.
"(The R)esellers provision would not foster competition, but rather install 'resellers' as weak sub-distributors of Google."..."because only Google hosts the digital copies, Amazon would be effectively referring its customers to Google. Following his first purchase, an Amazon customer would be likely to go directly to the source of the books, Google, for future purchases. Not only does this not create true competition (as Google would still control pricing, selection, and the customer experience of reading books online from its servers), it creates incentives for customers to migrate to Google faster than they otherwise would."
"The reason the products at issue do not now exist is because they are illegal, not because of the lack of innovation by competitors in the marketplace.... Congress has made a judgment about what is and what is not required before a product may be offered for sale: in the case of books, it is illegal to offer them for sale without the express permission of copyright holders. Avoiding that Congressional judgment is not something the courts can view as a 'pro-competitive benefit' of the PAS, much less one that 'outweighs' the price fixing and monopoly that it creates."
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