An Antitrust Assessment of the Google Book Search Settlement

13 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2009 Last revised: 27 Oct 2012

Mark A. Lemley

Stanford Law School

Date Written: July 8, 2009

Abstract

The Google Book Search settlement has prompted a flurry of attention from commentators, including a number of respected scholars who have worried that the settlement makes Google an 'orphan works monopoly.' In this paper I evaluate these claims and find them generally unpersuasive. The Google Book Search settlement expands, rather than diminishes, access to books of all sorts, and that is particularly true of orphan works.

Suggested Citation

Lemley, Mark A., An Antitrust Assessment of the Google Book Search Settlement (July 8, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1431555 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1431555

Mark A. Lemley (Contact Author)

Stanford Law School ( email )

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Stanford, CA 94305-8610
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