Google Book Settlement

Google Books did not fail; it succeeded

By Chris Meadows
September 14, 2015 // 1 Comment

What ever happened to Google Books? Columbia law professor Tim Wu wonders about that in this piece in the New Yorker. Wu notes that the Google book-scanning effort started with “a plan to scan all of the world’s books and make them available to the public online” but where is that plan now? [...]

More information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and orphan works reform

By Chris Meadows
September 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

A few days ago, I mentioned that the EFF and other groups were writing the US Trade Representative to request he not sign off on any Trans-Pacific Partnership provisions that would block ongoing congressional attempts to reform the orphan works situation. Here’s a little more information on that [...]

Judge Dismisses Authors' Case Against Google Books

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
November 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Well, the lengthy legal battle over Google Books may be coming to a close. According to cNet, U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin in New York rejected authors’ arguments against digitizing books without copyright holder permission, and he granted Google’s motion for summary judgment. [...]

Google makes case for Google Books scanning as ‘transformative’ fair use

By Chris Meadows
August 28, 2013 // 14 Comments

Is Google’s book scanning practice “transformative”? Google argues that it is, the Authors Guild argues that it isn’t, This could be an important part of determining whether Google scanning all those books in violation of copyright could be considered a “fair use.” It follows on the [...]

The Internet Archive’s Open Library is violating authors’ copyrights

By Chris Meadows
July 10, 2013 // 22 Comments

Open Library is a project of Brewster Kahle’s Internet Archive. We’ve written about Kahle, the Archive, and Open Library a few times, including some times I’d forgotten about. Kahle’s Internet Archive was first founded as a way to keep a historical record of the ever-changing Internet for [...]

The Apple trial, agency pricing, and The Battle of $9.99

By Chris Meadows
June 21, 2013 // 5 Comments

So, arguments wrapped up today in the Department of Justice’s anti-trust case against Apple. Juli Monroe has already done an excellent job of pulling out some slides from the Powerpoint shows and noting what the wavy lines on the charts mean. Over on Fortune, Philip Elmer-Dewitt covers the [...]

Google appeals class action certification in Google Books case

By Chris Meadows
November 12, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Google Books lawsuit proceeds apace. paidContent and CNet report that, in Google’s latest filing, the search giant is appealing the court’s decision to certify class action status for the Authors Guild. Google argues that the majority of writers actually approve of its scanning (58% [...]

After seven years, Google book scanning litigation ends

By Dan Eldridge
October 10, 2012 // 4 Comments

We were remiss in not mentioning that Google and the Association of American Publishers managed to reach a settlement last week in the controversial and long-running Google book scanning case. According to a statement released by the APP on October 4, the bottom line is this: The settlement [...]

Digital Public Library of America faces uncertainty over functions, copyright

By Chris Meadows
June 10, 2012 // 2 Comments

On MIT’s Technology Review, Nicholas Carr takes an in-depth look at the creation of the Digital Public Library of America, an attempt at a non-commercial universal electronic library (which I also mentioned last month) that hopes to provide universal access to as much of human knowledge as it [...]

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