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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