BTW, I understand that Judge Chin will be speaking at the Fordham IP Conference this year, but obviously NOT about the Google Book Settlement.
Here’s an update on the GBS from the Open Book Alliance, which consists of some very important entities including Amazon, Internet Archive, Microsoft, National Writers Union, and Yahoo. This update also includes a summary of some of the key objections to the settlement, including citation of the US Department of Justice claim that that "
It’s interesting to reread their amicus brief, filed by the Gary Reback - the renowned IP and antitrust lawyer. It is strongly critical of the settlement from an antitrust viewpoint, but is quite readable by anyone. It proposes, as a possible remedy regarding the antitrust concerns, that Google’s database be made available to competitors on a compulsory licensing basis for fees that would be “not much”.
A reader of my blog has recently reminded me of one of my New Year's resolutions for 2011: