Supreme Court’s Muchnick Ruling Keeps Dream of a Fair Royalty System Alive



On January 27 of this year, Pam Samuelson – the Cal legal scholar, new technology activist, and MacArthur Fellow, and one of the leading objectors to the Google Books settlement – asked Judge Denny Chin to wait for the Supreme Court’s decision in Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick before deciding Google 2.0. “If the Supreme Court rules that owners of copyrights in unregistered works are eligible to participate in copyright class action settlements, the court should direct the parties to renegotiate the agreement,” Samuelson’s brief argued.

The first part is exactly what the justices have now done. Let’s see if Judge Chin takes up Samuelson on the second part.