How to Fix the Google Book Search Settlement
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Journal of Internet Law, Vol. 12, No. 10, April 2009
NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08/09 #31
The proposed settlement in the Google Book Search case should be approved with strings attached. The project will be immensely good for society, and the proposed deal is a fair one for Google, for authors, and for publishers. The public interest demands, however, that the settlement be modified first. It creates two new entities - the Books Rights Registry Leviathan and the Google Book Search Behemoth - with dangerously concentrated power over the publishing industry. Left unchecked, they could trample on consumers in any number of ways. We the public have a right to demand that those entities be subject to healthy, pro-competitive oversight, and so we should.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 11
Keywords: google, book search, copyright
JEL Classification: K00
Date posted: April 17, 2009
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