Three Years of the Google Book Settlement
Google has been digitizing millions of books to create a massive online library / bookstore but the plans ran into legal difficulties when US author and publisher groups launched a copyright violation lawsuit against the search giant. A proposed settlement was rejected by the courts:
"Now? The settlement (modified) is dead: The judge struck it down as being unfair. Most of those who were commenting on it (including me) really didn’t deal with what turned out to be the core issue: You can’t substantially transform copyright law by settling a class action lawsuit."
"We are, in some ways, back to square one after the better part of a decade. There will assuredly be more developments over the next (year? five years? decade?), but given the clear death of the settlement itself, I thought this would be a good time to update the situation (...)"
"This is a long set of notes and comments (cites & insights). It strikes me that the topic and complexity deserve that length—but note that I’m offering much briefer excerpts and comments on most items than I normally would in this sort of roundup."
Some of the topics Crawford covers include monopoly and antitrust; privacy and confidentiality; the public domain, open access, copyright; libraries and metadata; authors and publishers."After two sets of general notes and overviews (one before the settlement was rejected, one after) I’m breaking the discussion down by topics rather than chronologically."
Earlier Library Boy posts about the Google Book Settlement include:
- Google Settles Lawsuit With U.S. Authors and Publishers (October 28, 2008)
- Google Book Scanning Project Settlement: More Reaction and Analysis (February 23, 2009)
- Association of American Publishers on Recent Google Book Project Settlement (February 24, 2009)
- Controversy Heats Up Over Google Book Search Settlement (August 24, 2009)
- American Library Associations Publish Summary of Google Books Litigation Court Filings (October 6, 2009)
- American Library Association Website on Google Book Settlement (October 26, 2009)
- Guide to the Amended Google Book Settlement (November 30, 2009)
- Canadian Authors Launch Petition Against Google Book Settlement (January 5, 2010)
- Coverage of Last Week's Google Books Settlement NYC Court Hearing (February 22, 2010)
- Roundup of Commentary on Rejected Google Book Settlement (March 26, 2011)
- Update to Google Books Bibliography (August 29, 2011)