March 12 – March 19, 2009 Edition

Columbia Law School To Probe
Impact of Google Settlement

New York, March 6, 2009 — The recent Google books class action settlement is the subject of a full-day conference, March 13, 2009, at Columbia Law School. Lawyers, librarians, authors and publishers will examine the potential long-term implications of the Google settlement for the parties, for other stakeholders whose works are not included in the settlement (e.g., photographers and illustrators), and for the public interest.

If approved by the court, the settlement will provide new opportunities for authors and publishers to market their works. It will also enhance the public’s ability to search for books and to get partial text displays (and, in the case of many older works, full text displays) at home, at school, and in libraries. At the same time, the settlement may have significant implications for copyright law, competition, research, and scholarship.

WHAT: The Google Books Settlement: What Will It Mean for the Long Term?

WHEN: March 13, 2009, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (breakfast: 8:30 a.m.)

WHERE: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 106 Amsterdam at West 116 Street; Via subway: #1 train to 116 Street (Broadway)/Columbia University.  

WHO: Hosted by the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, the introductory speakers will be Marybeth Peters, U.S. Register of Copyrights, on “Legislating Through the Settlement,” and Professor Randal C. Picker, University of Chicago Law School on “Competition Issues.”  

June M. Besek, executive director of the Kernochan Center at Columbia Law School, will moderate “The Future of Books.”  Jane C. Ginsburg, the Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law at Columbia, will moderate “Authors and Incentives.” Mary Rasenberger, counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP will moderate “The Public Interest.”  

Link here for the program, and a full list of the panelists:  

The program is sponsored by the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts; The Horace S. Manges Lecture and Conference Fund; The Copyright Society of the U.S.A.; Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  

Columbia’s Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts was established to contribute to a broader understanding of the legal aspects of creative works of authorship, including their dissemination and use. The Center has encouraged the development of instruction at the Law School in topics such as intellectual property, copyright, trademarks, the regulation of electronic media, and problems arising from new technologies. 

Columbia Law School, founded in 1858, stands at the forefront of legal education and of the law in a global society. Columbia Law School joins traditional strengths in international and comparative law, constitutional law, administrative law, business law and human rights law with pioneering work in the areas of intellectual property, digital technology, sexuality and gender, criminal, and environmental law.