Copyright

  • April 17, 2009
    The expansive class action lawsuit settlement over Google's book-scanning program would serve Google well, but hardly anyone else, says James Grimmelmann in an Issue Brief released by ACS. Grimmelmann, a professor of law at New York Law School's Institute for Information Law and Policy, writes that the settlement, which is before a federal court, would give Google enormous power over books whose copyright owners can no longer be found (called "orphan works").

    He writes:

    Google's book services will be comprehensive on a previously unimaginable scale; the settlement ensures that copyright claims by orphan works owners will not threaten that comprehensiveness.