Library Reactions to the Google Books Settlement Ruling

Judge Chin’s ruling on the settlement between Google and authors regarding the Google Books project made news this week. Here’s some reaction from libraries and library organizations participating in this project.

Penn State University Libraries Google Book Project Page
http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/googlebooksproject/news.html

Committee on Institutional Cooperation (Big 10)
http://www.cic.net/Home/NewsAndPubs/News/11-03-22/CIC-Google_Scanning_Continues_After_Google_Lawsuit_Settlement_Rejected.aspx

Library Copyright Alliance
http://www.arl.org/bm%7Edoc/lca_gbsstmt24mar11.pdf

HathiTrust
http://www.hathitrust.org/hathitrust_asa_response

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The Synchronicity of This Week’s Events

As followers of my Twitter feed or Facebook page know I have been reading Siva Vaidhyanathan’s book The Googlization of Everything which has an entire chapter dedicated to a critical analysis of the Google Books project that aims to scan books from the world’s foremost libraries and make them available in digital form, copyright be damned. Add to this the fact that a ruling was announced on the settlement between some large publishing groups and Google (long story short the settlement is moot), it has been an interesting and synchronous week for me. I’ll post more once I have the chance to read through the backlog of chatter on the matter and finish Siva’s book!