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SPARC Web Seminar: "The Google Books Settlement: What’s Up and What’s Next?"

From Jennifer McLennan, SPARC

Washington, DC Federal Judge Denny Chin rejected the Google Books Settlement (GBS) on March 22, 2011. Far from providing closure on a deeply contentious issue with far-reaching implications for the library community, the action raised significant new questions, including:

• What happens next? Will there be an appeal, a new, restructured proposed settlement, or some other action?

• What are the implications of the rejection of the settlement on key issues like orphan works? Does this rejection signal that a renewed push for legislation may be seen?

• What does this mean for other ongoing and proposed large-scale digital book efforts, like the Hathi Trust and the proposed Digital Public Library of America?

• Does this present an opportunity for the library community to take additional action to advocate for Open Access?

The Google Books Settlement: What’s Up and What’s Next?
Another free SPARC online event
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
1:00 – 2:00PM Eastern
Registration is free, but required. RSVP by June 13 at

These and other issues will be explored on June 14, when SPARC hosts attorney Jonathan Band, who represented the national library associations in connection with the settlement. Band has written extensively on the GBS, producing the widely used “Guide to the Perplexed” (, and is the architect of the oft-consulted “GBS March Madness: Paths forward for the Google Book Settlement” diagram (

Join us as Band explores the current state of play and offers insights into the potential nexus between the rejection of the settlement and Open Access, as well as a host of other important implications for the library community.