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[BKARTS] New York Law School to Launch Google Book Search Web Site



Any of you who have concerns about the Google Book controversy might find
this interesting.
Regards, Lee
Lee Kirk
Cats are composed of Matter, Anti-Matter, and It Doesn't Matter
http://www.kirksbooks.com


http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6656797.html?nid=2286&source=link&;
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New York Law School to Launch Google Book Search Web Site


By Andrew Albanese -- Publishers Weekly, 5/6/2009 2:39:00 PM

The New York Law School is launching a Web site dedicated to the
Google Book Search settlement that will include discussion forums, a
comprehensive archive of settlement documents and related commentary,
and a tool for users to insert their own analyses and commentary on
individual paragraphs of the proposed settlement. The project, dubbed
"the Public Index," is part of the Public Interest Book Search
Initiative overseen by NYLS professor James Grimmelmann, an expert
who has
<http://works.bepress.com/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1022&context=james_gri
mmelmann>written
extensively about the deal. The effort will be staffed by NYLS
students and is being underwritten with a grant from Google
competitor Microsoft.

A major part of the project's goal is to solicit and display broad
input on the deal directly from the public. Public interest thus far
has been channeled through various groups, including the library
community, who earlier this week filed comments on the deal, penned
by another expert, Washington-based attorney Jonathan Band, author of
<http://www.arl.org/bm%7Edoc/google-settlement-13nov08.pdf>A Guide
for the Perplexed: Libraries and the Google Library Project Settlement.

Grimmelmann said the Public Index will respond to "the enormous
public interest in the lawsuit," offering both authoritative
information and analysis as well as "a forum for the public to make
their own voices heard." That effort will include "open source amicus
brief," a wiki that will give users the opportunity to "edit and
discuss" a draft of the NYLS's comments on the deal, to be submitted
to the court by September 4.

In addition, the law school will host a conference on "the law and
policy of book scanning," from Thursday, October 8, to Saturday,
October 10, 2009. The conference will coincide with the rescheduled
fairness hearing in the Google Book Search case, now set for
Wednesday, October 7, in New York City. The conference will feature a
range of speakers who will discuss the public policy issues raised by
the proposed settlement and its long-term implications for publishing
and for copyright law, including "a series of tutorial sessions that
will explain the provisions of the proposed settlement and their
associated legal issues in detail." The New York Law School Law
Review will also publish a volume of essays from the panelists at the
conference.

                                    
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