Copyright Irony, Of Royalty Boards and Google Book Deals

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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2 Responses

  1. “the assumption that the objective of market rates and the realization of broad public access are compatible is on the surface semi-plausible but facile”

    Matthew Sag puts it more bluntly in one of his YouTube presentations on the Google Book Settlement: citing section 4.1(a)(i), he says, “This of course makes no sense. These twin objectives, maximising revenue and maximising public access, can only be consistent up to to a point. At the end of the day, Google and the Registry have to choose one or the other as their primary objective.”


  2. Deven says:

    Thanks Gillian. Matt is a friend but somehow we have not talked GBS. I hope to remedy that soon.