I spoke with Eric Hellman on March 9, 2010, about the Google Book Settlement, which he has been following as an independent blogger with a keen interest and long experience with libraries. He was an eyewitness at two key hearings before Judge Chin at the federal courthouse in Manhattan. Eric also has analyzed the pricing chess game over eBooks, and at the end of the interview we turned briefly to that topic.
In July, 2009, I had a chance to attend a fascinating luncheon presentation on the Google Book Settlement by Alexander Macgillivray. It took place at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. At the time, Alex was Deputy General counsel for Products and Intellectual Property at Google, and he was intimately involved in the settlement talks. Not so much any more, since he left Google shortly thereafter to become general counsel at Twitter. Click on the following for: