by Pamela Samuelson (Professor, Berkeley Law School & School of Information, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-4600)
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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Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.