The Google Copyright Controversy
Implications of Digitizing the World's Libraries
About This Event

Google hopes to scan some of the largest library collections in the world and make them searchable online. This ambitious goal is intensely controversial. Some contend that “Google Book Search” could be a valuable research resource and boost book sales, while others believe it violates copyright laws. The Authors’ Guild and the Association of American Publishers, for example, have both sued Google for copyright infringement. Does Google Book Search constitute “fair use” of copyrighted materials? Will this new technology create winners and losers? Who will they be? This Joint Center conference investigates how the push to digitize printed information challenges copyright law and intellectual property rights, focusing specifically on the potential costs, benefits, and legal repercussions of the current controversy.

11:45 a.m.
Registration and Lunch
12:15 p.m.
Robert Hahn, AEI-Brookings Joint Center
Douglas Lichtman, University of Chicago
Hal R. Varian, University of California, Berkeley
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