'Courts and class action settlements are not the proper province for creating a cutting edge copyright . . . framework to bind future generations and impact global competition for the future of digital libraries.'
-- Decision by U.S. District Judge Denny Chin (below left) in Author’s Guild v. Google Inc. (S.D.N.Y. March 25, 2011), favorably quoting page 11 of the Memorandum in Opposition to the Amended Settlement Agreement on Behalf of Republic of Germany. The quote appears in a recent ASIL Insight in which Vanderbilt Law Professor Daniel Gervais analyzes this latest turn in the protracted litigation challenging the efforts of U.S.-based Google to digitize the world's books. As Gervais explains, the dispute implicates U.S. copyright laws as well as international pacts like the 1971 Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works and the agreement of the World Trade Organization respecting Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.