Google Books Settlement: A Post-Conference Interview With the California Digital Library (CDL) Director of Mass Digitization
7 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2009
Date Written: September 21, 2009
It is important for academics, commercial information services, librarians, policy makers, and the public to understand both the opportunities and the risks that may flow from the October 2009 US District Court fairness hearing in the case Authors Guild v. Google Inc., No. 05 CV 8136 (S.D.N.Y. filed Oct. 28, 2008). This interview offers my thoughts, and the opinions of an information professional working on the project for the University of California.
In this paper, I examine aspects of private-public partnerships and the opinion that the US should (at least in the area of scholarly publications) transform a 19th century legal framework of copyright registration to one that recognizes the open source movement and the need to remove litigation risks from madd digitization efforts. Unless these restrictions are managed more effectively, the US will continue to trail the efforts of the EU national libraries to adequately build a national digital library of American / English works.
The School of Information at Berkeley hosted a one-day conference on August 28th to address major issues arising from the proposed settlement. This was a follow-on interview with the current Director of the Mass Digitization Project.
Keywords: Google Books Settlement, mass digitization, University of California, copyright, open source, litigation
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