Nov. 22- Nov. 28, 2010 Edition Top Legal Scholars Available to Analyze Google Book Settlement

New York, NY/AUTHORLINK NEWS/Nov. 22, 2010—When Google settles the suit brought against it by authors and publishers that accused the company of copyright violations, Columbia Law School experts will be available to analyze the deal and its long-term implications.

The lawsuit is in connection with the Google Library Project. Google planned to create an electronic database and digitize books in several libraries. Google was sued by copyright holders for displaying excerpts of books without permission, which the company contends is protected under the doctrine of fair use.

Both sides have been locked in settlement talks for months. When an agreement is reached, these experts from Columbia Law School can provide expert analysis on the case. They are:

Jane C. Ginsburg, an internationally recognized expert on copyright law, and co-director of the Law School’s Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, which oversees programs, courses, and conferences on intellectual law topics.

Kenneth Crews, Director of Columbia University’s Copyright Advisory Office, and an adjunct law professor. He is a leading expert on the application of fair use and other copyright exceptions.

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