Kevin Smith, JD, MLS (Duke University) to speak on the Google Books Project

February 1, 2012 – 1:59 PM

The Heart of the Deal: getting the benefits of the Google Books Settlement without Google.

When: 10-11:30AM Friday, March 23rd 2012
Where: 271 Auditorium, Special Collections Building

This presentation will begin by discussing the good and bad points of the now-defunct Google Books settlement from the ongoing copyright infringement lawsuit brought by authors and publishers against Google and its digital library. We will consider how the most beneficial parts of the proposed settlement do not need to abandoned now that the settlement itself has been rejected. Instead, practical strategies for managing copyright on the part of universities, libraries and individual faculty authors can make it possible for us to realize the “heart of the deal” without depending on Google. In the process, significant benefits can be gained for scholars and treacherous copyright litigation avoided. Related topics of interest such as the lawsuit against the HathiTrust, the new ARL Code of Fair Use Best Practices, and the copyright litigation against Georgia State University, will also be considered.

Please RSVP to: by February 23rd or as soon as possible. Light refreshments and a reception for Kevin to follow lecture.

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