Berkeley's Samuelson Still Not Satisfied with Google Books Settlement, Will Urge Judge Not to Approve



The University of California, Berkeley's, Pamela Samuelson, a law professor and director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, was one of the key figures raising concerns about the settlement in the academic community. One of the primary issues of contention, expressed in a letter opposing the original settlement and submitted to Judge Denny Chin on September 3, is that, in selling subscriptions to universities to access the collection of books Google had scanned, Samuelson and her colleagues believe "the public good of the traditional library" would be transformed into "a commercial enterprise" controlled by a "monopoly."

Yesterday, during a panel at the Commonwealth Club on the future of books, Samuelson said the revisions submitted by Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers hadn't addressed her concerns.