An Antitrust Assessment of the Google Book Search Settlement

Details

Author(s):
  • Mark Lemley
Publish Date:
April 1, 2010
Publication Title:
2010-2 AMI: Tijdscrift voor Auteurs, Media & Informatierecht 55 ).
Format:
Journal Article
Citation(s):
  • Mark A. Lemley, An Antitrust Assessment of the Google Book Search Settlement, 2010-2 AMI: Tijdscrift voor Auteurs, Media & Informatierecht 55 (April 2010) (also SSRN Working Paper No. 1431555 (2009)).

Abstract

The Google Book Search settlement has prompted a flurry of attention from commentators, including a number of respected scholars who have worried that the settlement makes Google an 'orphan works monopoly.' In this paper I evaluate these claims and find them generally unpersuasive. The Google Book Search settlement expands, rather than diminishes, access to books of all sorts, and that is particularly true of orphan works.