Monthly Archives: August 2011

Universities John Orphan Works Effort; La Martiniere Joins Google Books


By [Friday, August 26th, 2011] at 5:38 pm

Universities John Orphan Works Effort; La Martiniere Joins Google Books

Four more universities have joined the orphan works effort spearheaded by the University of Michigan; they will make books identified as orphans available digitally to their own students, faculty, and affiliates.

Meanwhile, in France, the publisher La Martinière joined Hachette Livre in cutting a voluntary deal with Google for the scanning and sale of its books.

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Decision in Freelancers Lawsuit Spells Trouble for Google Books Settlement?


By [Thursday, August 18th, 2011] at 12:01 am

Decision in Freelancers Lawsuit Spells Trouble for Google Books Settlement?

The Second Circuit issued a decision today in another copyright class-action settlement case with the ungainly caption of In re: Literary Works in Electronic Databases Copyright Litigation. The opinion rejected the settlement there because the class contained members with strongly diverging interests, depending on the strength of their copyright claims against the defendants. The court held that different groups of plaintiffs who had registered their works at different times needed separate lawyers. C.E. Petit of Scrivener’s Error believes that this bodes ill for the Google Books settlement, and I concur.

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