12/13/2010

Google books settlement: New York Law School's "D is for Digitize" Conference

The Google books settlement isn't final yet, but it's already generated copious commentary. The latest issue of the New York Law School Law Review features (as described in the Introduction)
seven articles springing from the D Is for Digitize conference on the Google Books lawsuit and settlement, held at New York Law School October 8–10, 2009. In the spirit of Chaucer’s "good feyth," thirty panelists and over one hundred attendees (plus dozens more watching online) gathered to discuss the legal and social issues raised by the proposed settlement. For three days, lawyers, academics, librarians, programmers, and public-interest advocates met for a rich, respectful, and wide-ranging conversation on this once-in-a-lifetime settlement. These articles continue that conversation.
The featured symposium articles:
D Is for Digitize: An Introduction, by James Grimmelmann

Google Book Settlement and the Fair Use Counterfactual, by Matthew Sag

Fulfulling the Copyright Social Justice Promise: Digitized Textual Information, by Lateef Mtima & Steven D. Jamar

Orphan Works and the Google Book Search Settlement: An International Perspective, by Bernard Lang

H Is for Harmonization: The Google Book Search Settlement and Orphan Works Legislation in the European Union, by Katharina de la Durantaye

Continued DOJ Oversight of the Google Book Search Settlement: Defending Our Public Values and Protecting Competition, by Christopher A. Suarez

Digitial + Library: Mass Book Digitization as Collection Inquiry, by Mary Murrell

The Why in DIY Book Scanning, by Daniel Reetz
The issue also includes these student-authored notes and comments about other Google-related legal issues:
Bricks, Mortar, and Google: Defining the Relevant Antitrust Market for Internet-Based Companies, by Jared Kagan

Cohen v. Google, Inc., by Eirik Cheverud