Opinion: A report from Fordham on Google Books and the rule of law

The Wire Report


On April 28, 2011, I spoke at the 19th annual Fordham Intellectual Property Conference in New York on a panel about the Google Books settlement and its recent historic rejection on March 22, 2011 by Judge Denny Chin of the Southern District Court of New York.

Judge Chin, himself a Fordham law grad, was at the conference, and said a few words about the case on another panel.

Other participants on the Google panel were Marybeth Peters, former U.S. register of copyrights; Paul Aiken, director of the Authors’ Guild; Michelle Woods of the U.S. Copyright Office; Daphne Keller, legal director of copyright and products at Google; and Tom Rubin, chief counsel for intellectual property strategy at Microsoft.  The moderator was Daniel Gervais, a Canadian now teaching in the U.S.

It would have been relieved of potential liability that Pam Samuelson estimates to be in the trillions of dollars, based upon the statutory minimum damages of which some American copyright owners are so enamoured.