Monday, November 23, 2009

CCC Podcast on Google Book Settlement Revision

Copyright law expert Lois Wasoff discusses the most important changes and revisions to the Google Book Settlement in a PodCast (here). Some of her main points include:
  • the underlying structure of the agreement and many of the economic terms of the agreement have not changed
  • the revised proposal makes it more difficult for Google to simply decide a work is not commercially available and start to use it for display uses
  • procedurally, the parties really have taken a step back by asking the court for preliminary approval of the settlement and of the class, which is something that they had gotten for the prior version a year ago. However, coupled with that request is a proposal for a fairly aggressive timeline moving forward, keeping this agreement review and approval process moving
A complete transcript can also be seen here.

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