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Is Google creating a public library–or the world’s largest shopping mall?

May 26, 2010

Toronto, ON – The Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law is hosting a one-day conference “The Google Book Search Project and Canada: Cross-Border Legal Perspectives” with various commentators, players and stakeholders to draw lessons from the American experience and consider possible Canadian solutions for the copyright challenges to the mass digitization and reuse of works.

Google’s ambitious project to digitize millions of the world’s books has as many supporters as it does critics, ranging from writers, academics, governments and Google competitors. Most of the controversial debate, however, focused on US law and policy, whereas very little attention has been given to the implications of the settlement for Canadian readers, publishers and authors–and others in the artistic world, such as the music and film industries. This one-day conference will begin filling this gap and explore the implications of the Google Book Settlement for Canada.

This conference will be webcast live. View it here:


Click here for a detailed program.

WHAT: “The Google Book Search Project and Canada: Cross-Border Legal Perspectives”
WHEN: May 28, 2010
WHERE: Bennett Lecture Hall, Flavelle House, 78 Queen’s Park [Museum subway station]
University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Admission is free and the conference is open to the public, but registration is required. Please register on-line by following this link.


For more information, please contact:

Prof. Ariel Katz

Lucianna Ciccocioppo