On behalf of the Public Index, I’m happy to announce the start of a new video series. We’ll be posting videos that feature analysis, commentary, and interviews on the Google Books case and on the future of e-books. We’ll be posting them here at the Public Index and to our new Vimeo channel.
The first installment, What Next for Google Books?, is an 80-minute discussion between myself and noted digital copyright experts and longtime settlement followers Jonathan Band and Kenneth Crews. We discuss Google’s scanning project, the lawsuit against it by copyright owners, the proposed settlement and the controversy around it, Judge Chin’s opinion rejecting the settlement, possible next steps for the parties, and some of the larger issues raised by the case. It’s a self-contained overview of how the settlement got to where it is now and what might happen next, designed to be informative no matter how little or how much you already know about the case.