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Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

More On the Google Books Settlement

James Grimmelmann, New York Law School, has published The Amended Google Books Settlement is Still Exclusive, in the CPI Antitrust Journal (January 2010). Here is the abstract.


This brief essay argues that the proposed settlement in the Google Books case, although formally non-exclusive, would have the practical effect of giving Google an exclusive license to a large number of books. The settlement itself does not create mechanisms for Google's competitors to obtain licenses to orphan books and competitors are unlikely to be able to obtain similar settlements of their own. Recent amendments to the settlement do not change this conclusion.

Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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