Report on objections to Google Books settlement

The Public-Interest Book Search Initiative of the New York Law School has published Objections to the Google Books Settlement and Responses in the Amended Settlement: A Report (PDF):

This report collects information about the objections raised to the original proposed settlement in the Authors Guild v. Google litigation. We identified 76 distinct issues, which we grouped into 11 categories. This report briefly summarizes each issue, provides an illustrative quotation from a filing with the court, and indicates any related changes in the amended settlement.

Issues are categorized into these categories:

  1. Definitions
  2. Fairness to Rightsholders
  3. Fairness to International Rightsholders
  4. Unclaimed Funds
  5. Antitrust
  6. Jurisdiction
  7. Class Action Procedure
  8. Institutional Subscription
  9. Privacy
  10. Copyright Policy
  11. Information Policy

The report is a great summary of the variety of objections to the Google Books settlement that have been raised, and how the amended settlement addresses (or doesn’t) each issue. For each issue, the report includes a representative quote from a filing with the court.

My favorite part was learning that Arlo Guthrie has filed an objection.

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2 Responses to “Report on objections to Google Books settlement”


  1. 1 Glen W. December 11, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    You can get anything you want
    At Google Books Restaurant
    (‘cept Arlo).

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