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Timeline of Google Books Settlement

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 8:02 am

The Google Books settlement stemmed from lawsuits related to the Google Books digitization project. The original settlement from October 2008 has seen alot of opinion and criticism in the last year. Below is a short list of sites that cover the developments:

  1. Google Books Settlement page
  2. ZSR Library blog entries discussing the settlement
  3. Timeline of developments on Cnet
  4. The EU perspective on Google Books
  5. NyTimes coverage
  6. Editorial by Sergey Brin

In teaching teaching we will discuss some possible uses of Google Books as a teaching topic in Information Literacy courses. Some ideas for using this topic to guide class include:

  1. Doing research on current events
  2. Evaluating ‘news’ type resources on websites (for example comparing Cnet and Reuters coverage)
  3. Discussion of Copyright issues surrounding digitization

2 Responses to “Timeline of Google Books Settlement”

  1. Some ideas that came out of the discussion:

    1. Use Google Books as an information topic to have students do research on

    2. Include Google Books in catalog, database searching, resource evalution instruction so that the legal issues make sense to students

    3. On a related topic, include the recent net-neutrality advances (http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/172290/fcc_to_take_a_stand_on_net_neutrality.html)

  2. This is very handy Erik- thanks!


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