v.22 #3 An Academic Author’s Perspective on the Google Book Settlement

by Pamela Samuelson (Professor, Berkeley Law School & School of Information, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-4600)

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During the long-awaited “fairness hearing” about the proposed settlement of the Authors Guild v. Google lawsuit on February 18, 2010, I was one of the 21 nonparty objectors or opponents of the proposed settlement to whom the judge granted five minutes to present their views. After introducing myself and noting that I had filed two letters objecting to specific terms of the GBS Settlement, the latest one on behalf of 150 academic authors, I made the following points.

Most of the books that will be regulated by the settlement agreement are out-of-print books from the collections of major research libraries such as the University of California, and most of these books were written by scholars for scholarly audiences.

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