v.22 #3 Hurtling Towards the Finish Line: Should the Google Book Settlement Be Approved?

by Ivy Anderson (Director of Collections, California Digital Library, University of California, Oakland, CA 94607)

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Recently, Google and the plaintiffs filed their final briefs in defense of the Google Book Amended Settlement Agreement (ASA) that is before the New York Southern Federal District Court. As the rhetoric around the Settlement heats up to white-hot intensity, I’d like to offer a few personal thoughts from my vantage point at the California Digital Library.

The University of California Context

The University of California Libraries are Google’s second-largest library digitization partner; we are also the second-largest book digitization partner of the Internet Archive, thanks to generous funding in the past from Microsoft, Yahoo, the Alfred P. Sloan, and Kahle/Austin Foundations, and other sponsors. In all, UC Libraries have now digitized 2.5M books from their collections through these projects, both in- and out-of-copyright. Within the University of California, some of our closest faculty colleagues are also among the Settlement’s most prominent critics.

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