[ALAC] Google Book Settlement Rejected (new link provided)

Marc Rotenberg rotenberg at epic.org
Wed Mar 23 14:01:44 UTC 2011

EPIC participated in this case  Our news item below includes a link to our page describing the many privacy concerns in the settlement as proposed. 


Marc Rotenberg. 


On Mar 23, 2011, at 9:42 AM, Jean-Jacques SUBRENAT <jjs.global at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Hong, All,
> in the e-mail I sent you a few minutes ago, the link turned out to be
> broken, just like the one you sent around. It's strange that this should
> happen just now when "googling" for articles on the ruling.
> So I tried another way, using Yahoo.fr instead of Google.fr, and found
> this short article (I do hope this works):
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/22/judgment_stalls_google_settlement/
> If you know of any detailed analysis of the ruling, I'd appreciate getting
> the link to it.
> Regards,
> Jean-Jacques.
> On 23/03/11 21:32, "Jean-Jacques SUBRENAT" <jjs.global at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear Hong,
>> yes, many of us have been waiting for this ruling, and had some concerns
>> that Google's arguments would carry the day.
>> Unfortunately, the link you provided does not seem to operate (at least
>> here), so I'm providing another link, to The Guardian (I hope this one
>> resolves),
>> http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/23/google-online-library-pla
>> n
>> s-thwarted 
>> The concerns voiced in Europe about the Google Book project underlined
>> several points:
>> - under the guise of an initiative in favour of civilization, Google has
>> in fact developed a clever business model aimed at ensuring for itself a
>> position of world dominance, with severe contract obligations imposed upon
>> its partners;
>> - potentially, the creation of a world monopoly, not on a product but on
>> one of the treasures of human development, the visual support of
>> knowledge;
>> - transforming what has traditionally been a "public service" (public
>> libraries) into a commercial venture, with the prospect of currently free
>> or low-cost services becoming accessible only against payment;
>> - a lack of transparency.
>> A question to you, Hong: does Google have the possibility of appealing
>> this latest judgment?
>> Regards,
>> Jean-Jacques.
>> On 23/03/11 19:18, "Hong Xue" <hongxueipr at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> A long saga ended today. A federal judge rejected a *Google
>>> settlement*<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704461304576216
>>> 9
>>> 23562033348.html>that
>>> would allow it to post millions of
>>> *books* online. It shows that Google should not be allowed to make Global
>>> law through its opt-out (opt-in by default) rules to manage the world
>>> knowledge.
>>> Hong
>>> -- 
>>> Dr. Hong Xue
>>> Professor of Law
>>> Director of Institute for the Internet Policy & Law (IIPL)
>>> Beijing Normal University
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