Google Book Search Scrutiny

Writing in Slate, Mark Gimein knocks down a number of straw man arguments against the Google Book search deal. I look forward to seeing how he grapples with more serious concerns, like those raised by James Grimmelmann. I’ve also been impressed by Christopher Suarez’s working paper on the need for antitrust scrutiny of the proposed deal . Suarez proposes a number of sensible settlement modifications that I hope the court will take seriously. It doesn’t have much time to get this right, as the following conference announcement shows:

D IS FOR DIGITIZE: A Conference on the Google Book Search Lawsuit

New York Law School, Thursday, October 8 through Saturday, October 10, 2009

Everything about the Google Book Search project is larger than life, from Google’s audacious plan to digitize every book ever published to the gigantic class action settlement now awaiting court approval. D is for Digitize will give this complex lawsuit the sustained attention it deserves. An interdisciplinary lineup of academics and practitioners will examine the settlement through the lenses of copyright, civil procedure, antitrust, the publishing industry, information policy, and literary culture. The conference is timed to coincide with the rescheduled fairness hearing in the Google Book Search case, which will be held on Wednesday, October 7 in New York City, just five blocks from New York Law School.

I look forward to seeing those interested in the future of access to knowledge at the conference, which I plan to attend.

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