More coverage of Google Books hearings

The pending hearing on the proposed settlement in the Google Books case is attracting lots of attention lately. Here are some of the ones that caught my eye today:

  • Google Working to Revise Digital Books Settlement : This NY Times article has a nice summary of the current state of the negotiations and filings on the settlement.
  • In Which Judge Denny Chin Becomes an Orphan Works Hero: In this article Eric Hellman “tries to examine the issues from the point of view of the Judge who has to either approve or reject the agreement.” My favorite part is this analogy to the Barry Bonds steroid use case:

    It’s as if the DOJ had intervened in the Barry Bonds case and said “it’s important to our beloved national pasttime and to baseball fans around the world that Barry be allowed to continue his assault on the record books, and we don’t want this steroids matter to take away his momentum, but we feel that to comply with the law, the Court should consider stripping away any of Barry’s muscles that might might have been chemically enhanced.”

  • Justice and Google Books: First Thoughts about the Government’s Brief: Kenneth Crews summarizes, explains, and enthusiastically endorses the DOJ filing. Crews goes on to urge discussion of 2 additional issues–The Indefinite Duration of the Settlement and The Rights of Future Owners.
  • At End of Act II: Are We Being Played for Fools OR Building an Enlightened Digital World?: The folks at Open Content Alliance wonder if Google will get away with their “grand and dastardly scheme was to construct an organization to control/monetize the Orphans”. OCA claims all that needs to be done to change this outcome a ruling that insures no one controls Orphans/Out-of-Prints.
  • Mass digitization of books: Open Content Alliance is the right approach: As the title suggests, Heather Morrison argues that working with Open Content Alliance is the right approach to digitizing books, because OCA principles “include respecting the rights of content owners, and widest possible access, such as full open access for works in the public domain.”

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