Challenges to the Google Book settlement, and a connection to Microsoft

20 04 2009

The New York Times noted Friday that some challenges are being raised to the Google Book settlement; my colleagues at The Recorder are more interested in the fact that some of the opposition is funded by Google’s rival, Microsoft. One of the New York Law School professors whose research is funded by Microsoft is James Grimmelmann. I’ve never spoken to him, but his lengthy analysis of the Google Book settlement, published in November, is the most insightful thing I’ve read about it. After reading the post, it really struck me how important this settlement will be to the future of reading as we know it.

Grimmelmann is also a former Microsoft employee, and wrote a great essay about working for the company back in 1997.


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