Library Copyright Alliance Releases Diagram Charting Many Ways Forward For Google Books Settlement

Source: Library Copyright Alliance
http://www.librarycopyrightalliance.org/

For immediate release:
March 4, 2010

For more information, contact:
Jonathan Band
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202-296-5675
jband@policybandwidth.com

WASHINGTON DC–The American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announce the release of “GBS March Madness: Paths Forward for the Google Books Settlement.” This diagram, developed by Jonathan Band, explores the many possible routes and outcomes of the Google Books Settlement, including avenues into the litigation and appeals process.

Now that the fairness hearing on the Google Books Settlement has occurred, it is up to Judge Chin to decide whether the amended settlement agreement (ASA), submitted to the Court by Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers, is “fair, reasonable, and adequate.” As the diagram shows, however, Judge Chin’s decision is only the next step in a very complex legal proceeding that could take a dozen more turns before reaching resolution. Despite the complexity of the diagram, it does not reflect every possible twist in the case, nor does it address the substantive reasons why a certain outcome may occur or the impact of Congressional intervention through legislation. As Band states, “the precise way forward is more difficult to predict than the NCAA tournament.  And although the next step in the GBS saga may occur this March, many more NCAA tournaments will come and go before the buzzer sounds on this dispute.”

To view the diagram, please visit: http://www.librarycopyrightalliance.org/bm~doc/gbs-march-madness-diagram-final.pdf

The Library Copyright Alliance is a coalition of library associations made up of the Association of Research Libraries, the American Library Association, and the Association of College and Research Libraries. More information about LCA is available at http://www.librarycopyrightalliance.org/.

About Jenni Terry

Jenni Terry was a press officer with the Washington Office.

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