(ii) Printing. Google shall design the Public Access Service to enable users at a not-for-profit Higher Education Institution to print pages from Display Books for a per-page fee, and to enable users at a Public Library to print pages from Display Books for a per-page fee to the extent that such Public Library offers per-page printing services for a fee for other products and services. The Registry shall set a reasonable fee for such printing. Google shall collect all such printing fees and shall pay them to the Registry in accordance with the Standard Revenue Split for Purchases.

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  1. […] Section 4.8(a)(ii) marks a radical change in the relationship between libraries and rights holders. Thanks to Section 108 of the Copyright Act, libraries are not responsible for royalties that may be required as a product of patron copying. As long as the library posts the proper notices and has no knowledge that violations are occurring, it also has no liability for potentially infringing acts by users. The Google Books Settlement overturns almost 75 years of law and practice and makes the library (or possibly Google, if it acts as an agent for the library) an active monitor of what its patrons choose to reproduce. And if the Books Rights Registry can demand this, other vendors will start requiring it as well. I imagine that in 10 years, every license agreement that libraries sign will stipulate a royalty for user printing, and mandatory licenses for photocopying may not be far behind. […]