“A Tale of the Google Book Settlement and the Public Interest: Conclusions On The Competitive Elements”
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
12:00 – 2:00 pm
The National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
A debate is brewing over the competitive implications of Google’s book search settlement deal with book publishers and authors. Some believe the deal has the potential to revolutionize access to information online by expanding access to vast volumes of books, while others are concerned about potential effects on competition.
CCIA assembled a group of leading experts for a discussion of these key competitive elements. David Balto presented and discussed a paper, recently released by the American Constitution Society, entitled “The Earth is Not Flat: The Public Interest and the Google Book Search Settlement: A Reply to Grimmelmann.” Professor James Grimmelmann, author of “The Google Book Search Settlement: Ends, Means, and the Future of Books” and “How to Fix the Google Book Search Settlement,” joined a respondents panel to offer his review of Balto’s arguments and the merits of the deal.
12:00 PM Registration and Boxed Lunch
12:10 PM Presentation
David Balto, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
12:40 PM Respondents Panel Discussion
James Grimmelmann, Associate Professor, New York Law School
Jonathan Band, Counsel, Library Copyright Alliance
Ed Black, President and CEO, CCIA (moderator)
2:00 PM Adjournment