Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos criticizes Google Book Search Settlement; Public Index not on the shelf

CNET News reports that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos criticized the proposed Google Book Search Settlement at yesterday's Wired Business Conference in New York.

In related news, New York Law School has yet to shelve its The Public Index project in response to the proposed settlement. According to a NYLS press release dated May 5, 2009, The Public Index will consist of a website that features "discussion forums, a comprehensive archive of settlement documents and related commentary, and a tool for users to insert their analysis and commentary on individual paragraphs of the proposed settlement.” The project, which is being undertaken by students and overseen by renowned Professor James Grimmelmann, was scheduled to be launched “later this May.”

Looking ahead, the highly anticipated “Fairness Hearing” on the proposed Google Book Search Settlement will be held in U.S. federal court in New York on October 7, 2009.

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