Legislative Alternatives to the Google Book Settlement

46 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2011

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Pamela Samuelson

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law


In the aftermath of Judge Chin's rejection of the proposed Google Book settlement, it is time to consider legislative alternatives. This article explores a number of component parts of a legislative package that might accomplish many of the good things that the proposed settlement promised without the downsides that would have attended judicial approval of it. It gives particular attention to the idea of an extended collective licensing regime as a way to make out-of-print but in-copyright books more widely available to the public. But it also considers several other measures, such as one aimed at allowing orphan works to be made available and some new privileges that would allow digitization for preservation purposes and nonconsumptive research uses of a digital library of books from the collections of major research libraries.

Suggested Citation

Samuelson, Pamela, Legislative Alternatives to the Google Book Settlement. Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, Vol. 34, 2011, UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 1818126, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1818126

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