In this issue:
The ongoing saga of the Google book settlement has all the earmarks of a classic: On one hand is its lofty goal of preventing a repetition of the burning of the Library of Alexander and preserving written content; on the other is the issue of unprotected, defenseless orphans. Practically, however, this is a rich case dealing with serious issues: copyright protections in a digital world, privacy, international conflicts, monopolies, forward-looking class certifications, court v. legislative decision-making. Our authors tackle these and others from a variety of perspectives. And, for a postscript, we keep the UPP debate going, with a hard look at practicality.
Google Books: Now What’s Next?
Why the objectors to Google in the settlement need not be on the side of competition. (Tim Brennan, UMBC)
Multinational co-operation will not be easily achieved, but this process must begin without delay. Isabel Davies & Holly Strube (Boyes Turner)
The rejection of the Amended Settlement for the Google Book Project underscores the frustrated dichotomy between old laws and new media. Gina Durham & Debbie Rosenbaum (DLA Piper)
The judgment is interesting, easy to read, rich in the voices of ordinary people, and very severe. Ian Forrester (White & Case)
The point that often seems secondary, the actual content of the scanned books, is, from a librarian’s perspective, very important. Mark Giangrande (De Paul Univ.)
We should want the ecosystem containing digital libraries to be rich and teeming. Randal Picker (Univ. of Chicago)
UPP: A Comeback
The recent CPI issue on UPP left practical considerations affecting the applicability of the methodology not fully addressed. Malcolm Coate (FTC)