Monday, June 22, 2009

CCC Interview Michael Healy

The copyright clearence center interviewed Michael Healy who is the Executive Director - designate of the Book Rights Registry. Here is their announcement:

Exclusive Interview Sheds Light on Google Settlement
In his first public interview, Michael Healy--the man expected to become the executive director of the Book Rights Registry (BRR)--sat down with Copyright Clearance Center to discuss the potential benefits of the proposed Google Book settlement.

Healy, a former librarian, is currently the executive director of the non-profit Book Industry Study Group and has been working with the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers on the establishment of the BRR. Development of the BRR was included as part of the proposed settlement agreement.

In his interview with CCC, Healy highlighted that book consumers have shifted their expectations about content delivery from traditional print forms to cell phones and e-book readers. He suggested publishers' future success will depend on their ability to adapt to that changing landscape.

Healy also offered this perspective on how the proposed settlement will ultimately help copyright holders:

"The Book Rights Registry introduces into the environment an unprecedented degree of control to authors, publishers and other rightsholders on how their copyrights are exploited and distributed in this new digital world."

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