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Google Library Project Settlement

  • LCA Releases Diagram Charting Many Ways Forward For Google Books Settlement—UPDATED Nov. 18, 2013
    On March 4, 2010, 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. The updated version reflects Judge Chin's March 2011 rejection of the settlement and suggested modification as well as Judge Chin's November 2013 granting of Google's motion for summary judgement against the Authors Guild, finding that Google's scan and snippet display was a fair use. The Authors Guild has announced its intention to appeal. View Diagram (PDF)

  • Libraries Applaud Dismissal of Google Book Search Case
    On November 14, 2013, after eight years of litigation, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York upheld the fair use doctrine when the court dismissed Authors Guild v. Google, a case that questioned the legality of Google’s searchable book database. The Library Copyright Alliance welcomes Judge Denny Chin’s decision to protect the search database that allows the public to search more than 20 million books. In his dismissal of the case, Judge Chin enumerated the public benefits of Google Book Search by calling the project transformative and a fair use under the copyright law. Read Press Release (PDF)

  • Google Books Litigation Family Tree by Jonathan Band
    On October 11, 2012, Jonathan Band published a timeline of the Google Books litigation. View PDF

  • ARL Joins ALA, ACRL, and EFF in Amicus Brief Supporting Google Book Search
    On August 1, 2012, members of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) joined EFF in an amicus brief in support of the Google Book Search settlement. Read Brief (PDF)

  • LCA Releases "A Guide for the Perplexed Part IV: The Rejection of the Google Books Settlement" March 31, 2011 - On behalf of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), Jonathan Band published the fourth installment of "A Guide for the Perplexed," this time focusing on Judge Chin's rejection of the Google Books Settlement on March 22, 2011. Read Statement (PDF)

  • LCA Releases Statement on Google Books Settlement Rejection
    March 24, 2011 - The American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) released a brief statement in regard to Judge Chin's rejection of the Google Books settlement and his suggested modification. Read Statement (PDF)

  • LCA Members Submit Letter to Department of Justice on Amended Settlement Agreement
    December 15, 2009 - The American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries write to the Department of Justice to express their views concerning how the United States should respond to the Amended Google Book Search Settlement Agreement filed by the parties on November 13, 2009. Read Letter (PDF)

  • Guide for the Perplexed III: The Amended Google Book Search Settlement
    November 23, 2009 - On behalf of the American Library Assocation (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Jonathan Band publishes a guide to the newly amended Google Book Search settlement, with an emphasis on the major changes and those changes relevant to libraries. Read Guide (PDF)

  • LCA Joins Group Letter Voicing Privacy Concerns in Google Book Search Settlement
    October 6, 2009 - The American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries join a broad section of objectors, amici, and supporters of the Google Book Search Settlement to express shared concern that reader privacy be among the issues addressed in conjunction with the amended settlement. Read Letter (PDF)

  • The Google Book Settlement: Who Is Filing and What Are They Saying?
    September 28, 2009 - On behalf of the American Library Assocation, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries, Brandon Butler, Law and Policy Fellow at the Association of Research Libraries, outlines key information about the hundreds of filings that have been submitted to the federal district court presiding over the Google Book Settlement. Read Discussion (PDF)

  • LCA Members Submit Additional Filing to Court in Regard to Google Book Settlement
    September, 8, 2009 - The American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) submit a supplemental filing with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York overseeing the proposed Google Book Search settlement to address developments that have occurred since the groups submitted their filing on May 4, 2009. Read Filing (PDF)

  • LCA Members Submit Follow-Up Letter to Department of Justice
    July 30, 2009 – The American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries write to William Cavanaugh at the Department of Justice to follow-up on the May 27, 2009 meeting with Antitrust Division staff concerning the proposed settlement of the Google Library Project litigation. Read Letter (PDF)

  • LCA Members Release “A Guide for the Perplexed Part II: The Amended Google-Michigan Agreement"
    June 12, 2009 – LCA members publish a summary, by Jonathan Band, of the amendment between Google and the University of Michigan that expanded the 2004 agreement, which allowed Google to scan books in the Michigan library for inclusion in Google’s search database. Read Guide (PDF)

  • LCA Members File Comments on Proposed Google Library Project Settlement
    May 4, 2009 – The American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries (the Library Associations) file comments to explain their concerns with the Google Library Project Settlement and how the Court’s oversight can ameliorate those concerns. Read Comments (PDF)

  • LCA Members Release “A Guide for the Perplexed Part I: Libraries and the Google Library Project Settlement”
    November 13, 2008 – LCA members publish a summary, by Jonathan Band, of the Google Library Project settlement. It outlines the settlement’s provisions, with special emphasis on the provisions that apply directly to libraries. Read Guide (PDF)