Sunday, March 27, 2011

Webinar: Unraveling the Good Book Settlement Rejection, March 30, 12 noon (US Eastern Time)

This one-hour free webinar is being presented by the Copyright Clearance Center.  As their web site says:
As you very likely know, on March 22, Judge Chin issued his long awaited opinion in the Google Book Search settlement proceedings, rejecting the Amended Settlement Agreement (ASA) proposed by the Authors Guild, AAP and Google.
On Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 12:00pm EST, join copyright expert Lois Wasoff and me as we analyze this highly-anticipated decision, what it means for those affected by the proposed settlement, and what is likely to happen next.
To register for this free, one-hour event click here.
In his 48-page opinion, Judge Chin discussed the various objections before the court, including concerns regarding copyright, international law, antitrust, privacy and the class action/procedural aspects of the case – ultimately concluding that the ASA is not “fair, adequate and reasonable” as required for court approval of a settlement.
Judge Chin did, however, leave the door open for the parties to renegotiate and resubmit the settlement, urging them to consider adopting an “opt-in” rather than “opt-out” model which would ameliorate many of the concerns raised in the objections.

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