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?

Timothy Brennan, Jun 22, 2011

Revise or Start Anew? Pondering the Google Books Rejection

Why the objectors to Google in the settlement need not be on the side of competition. (Tim Brennan, UMBC)

Isabel Davies, Holly Strube, Jun 22, 2011

Online Distribution of Copyright Works: Judge Chin Rejects Google Books Settlement

Multinational co-operation will not be easily achieved, but this process must begin without delay. Isabel Davies & Holly Strube (Boyes Turner)

Gina Durham, Debbie Rosenbaum, Jun 22, 2011

The Google Book Settlement & the Uncertain Future of Copyright

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)

Ian Forrester, Jun 22, 2011

Google Books: Game and Set to the Sceptics; the Match Continues

The judgment is interesting, easy to read, rich in the voices of ordinary people, and very severe. Ian Forrester (White & Case)

Mark Giangrande, Jun 22, 2011

The Rejection of the Amended Google Book Settlement Agreement: A Librarian’s Perspective

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.)

Randal Picker, Jun 22, 2011

After Google Book Search: Rebooting the Digital Library

We should want the ecosystem containing digital libraries to be rich and teeming. Randal Picker (Univ. of Chicago)

UPP: A Comeback

Malcolm Coate, Jun 22, 2011

Practical Considerations for UPP Analysis

The recent CPI issue on UPP left practical considerations affecting the applicability of the methodology not fully addressed. Malcolm Coate (FTC)