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The Amended Google Books Settlement is Still Exclusive

James Grimmelmann

Cornell Law School; Cornell Tech

January 26, 2010

CPI Antitrust Journal, January 2010
NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09/10 #25

This brief essay argues that the proposed settlement in the Google Books case, although formally non-exclusive, would have the practical effect of giving Google an exclusive license to a large number of books. The settlement itself does not create mechanisms for Google's competitors to obtain licenses to orphan books and competitors are unlikely to be able to obtain similar settlements of their own. Recent amendments to the settlement do not change this conclusion.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 7

Keywords: Google, Google Books, orphan works, copyright, class action

JEL Classification: K00, K21, K41

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Date posted: March 2, 2010  

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Grimmelmann, James, The Amended Google Books Settlement is Still Exclusive (January 26, 2010). CPI Antitrust Journal, January 2010; NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09/10 #25. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1560242

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Cornell University
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