Monday, May 11, 2009

Digest of Objections Already Filed

Our previous post linked to Robert Kunstadt’s beautiful filing with Judge Chin objecting to the Google Books settlement.

But that was just the first objection filed. The entire case docket, with PDF's of the documents, can be viewed online, courtesy of the website Go to

On May 5, the Information Law and Policy Center at New York Law School had a deadline for filing its amicus brief addressing the orphan works issue. In asking leave to file an amicus, this party was careful not to term it an objection, but that’s what it is for all practical purposes. That brief is not yet posted. But several other less-developed objections are up:

* April 6: Author Barbara Burke wrote to the court to confirm that she opted out. What an excellent idea. As a fellow opt-outer, I am going to write to the court myself, and I’ll post the text at this blog in case other opt-outers want to do the same and could use a template. In this unprecedented threat to creators’ rights, others are taking care of the legalistic rigor. The rest of us should be making our voices heard by the court, in numbers, by creative means.

* April 17: Author Hope Ryden objected by letter.

* April 20: Author Lee Killough objected by letter.

* April 20: Jenny Darling & Associates, an Australian literary agency, objected by letter.

* April 22: Author John Moore objected by letter.

* April 22: Author David Eddings, another opt-out letter.

* April 23: Author Shirley A. Young objected by letter.

* April 24: Author Mayer Brenner objected by letter.


Blogger Anita Bartholomew said...

Irv, in your list is:

"* April 20: Jenny Darling & Associates, an Australian literary agency, objected by letter. "

There's far more to this objection than the cover letter. The objection that follows the letter highlights many of the reasons that the Google settlement is deeply flawed and should be rejected. Just as interesting, to my mind, is that several of the issues raised by Jenny Darling & Assoc. about this settlement apply equally to the database settlement, now before the Supreme Court, as Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick.

- Anita Bartholomew

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