Webcast: Google Book Settlement Workshop – 1/20/2010

On Jan 20, the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) , the National Writers Union (NWU), and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and the Internet Society’s New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) jointly sponsored a workshop to discuss the implications for writers of the proposed Google Books Settlement (GBS), which is the result of a class action brought by the Authors Guild. There is some urgency, as writers only have until Jan 28 2010 to opt out or object. The three sponsoring writers organizations above all oppose the settlement. A fairness hearing has been set for 18 February.

With NWU President Larry Goldbetter moderating, the panel was

with additional input from:

Audio is here. Video is below.


ipod | stills | youtube | mp3

ipod | youtube | mp3

Educators, librarians, and other interested parties can obtain a free DVD of this talk by emailing dvd@isoc-ny.org – ask for DVD1704.

  • Writers Union press release.
  • Audio from the San Francisco Workshop 2 days later.
  • Ed Hasbrouck opening remarks.
  • James Grimmelman Principles and Recommendations for the Google Book Search Settlement (Nov 2008)
  • NY Law School The Public Index
  • Authors Guild Google Settlement Resources Page
  • Pamela Samuelson paper: Google Book Search and the Future of Books in Cyberspace
  • NY Times U.S. Inquiry Is Confirmed Into Google Books Deal (July 2, 2009 )
  • Ursula K. Le Guin’s letter of resignation from the Writers Guild.
  • Larry Lessig For the Love of Culture (1/26/10)
  • John Timmer The sequel stinks: critics trash new Google Books settlement (1/29/10)
  • Elinor Mills DOJ not pleased with latest Google Book agreement (2/4/10)
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