NYLS Launches Google Book Settlement Wiki
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 11:24 AM EDT
James Grimmelmann and a team of students at New York Law School have launched an elaborate web site called â€œThe Public Indexâ€ to facilitate conversation about the proposed settlement of the Google Book litigation. As the siteâ€™s home page explains:
This is a potentially exciting venture on two fronts. First, it may foster dialogue about the fiendishly complex settlement, which could have a huge impact on the shape of copyright law and the public domain for years to come. Because it is so complicated and doesnâ€™t include much flash (and perhaps because so much attention is going to health care, climate change, Jon & Kate, and other pressing issues of the day), the settlement has not been as widely debated as it should be. Second, it will be another experiment in using the tools of the interactive internet to promote true civic engagement and debate.
But whether it will work depends in large part on whether people participate, so go check it out. The links posted on the siteâ€™s Introduction are a good place to start.
This article originally appeared on Info/Law.