May 8, 2009

GoogleBS prompts law school website


A Publishers Weekly story by Andrew Albanese reports “The New York Law School is launching a Web site dedicated to the Google Book Search settlement that will include discussion forums, a comprehensive archive of settlement documents and related commentary, and a tool for users to insert their own analyses and commentary on individual paragraphs of the proposed settlement.”

The project — called the “Public Index” — is being run by NYLS professor James Grimmelmann, and will include an “open source amicus brief” to be submitted to the court. Grimmelmann says the site is a response to “the enormous public interest in the lawsuit,” while PW notes that, well, the effort is being underwritten by “Google competitor Microsoft.”

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House. Follow him on Twitter at @mobylives