Google has announced that they’ve settled a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by a group of photographers, rightsholder associations, and affiliated trade groups. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, but Google’s announcement says that it does not include any admission of liability by Google.
All parties are reportedly pleased with the deal, which reportedly “benefits everyone and includes funding for the PLUS Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping rightsholders communicate clearly and efficiently about rights in their works.”
This lawsuit, which was filed by the photographers in 2010, is entirely separate from Google’s ongoing legal battle with The Authors Guild. The latter case was initially filed in 2006. It ended in 2013 with a summary judgement in Google’s favor but is still under appeal by The Authors Guild.