About the Program
Cecilia Kang provides a primer on Google's efforts to digitize books in libraries throughout the world. The Google Book Search project was started in 2004 and within less than a year a class action suit was levied against the company for copyright infringement by the Association of American Publishers and the Author's Guild. In October of 2008 the parties agreed to a class action settlement. However, there were several opponents to the settlement, including authors, publishers, Google's business competitors, and the Department of Justice who initiated an antitrust investigation. Ms. Kang presents details of the case and the current status of the settlement.