Google Books Update

It’s been a month since the Google Books settlement was rejected, as reported to Slaw here, and a number of themes have emerged in the online discussuion.

Some of the most cogent comments come from Robert Danton, Harvard’s University Librarian, an opponent of the settlement: Six Reasons Google Books Failed (New York Review of Books).

Perhaps the most balanced and detailed guide to the decision itself comes from the Association of Research Libraries:

Here are some strong discussions of the fallout and next steps in the case.

On the central issue of the prospect of a monopoly:

On the very important question of the handling of orphaned works (those presumably protected by copyright, but practically not licenseable):

And on some other important issues:

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