Symposium: Collective Management of Copyright: Solution or Sacrifice?
Part I briefly reviews the GBS initiative, the lawsuit that challenged it, and core parts of the settlement agreement. Part II discusses respects in which the GBS settlement resembles and is different from an extended collective licensing ("ECL") regime. It considers whether an ECL regime should be part of a legislative package to enable the creation of a digital library that could provide broad public access to the contents of in-copyright books. Part III considers other desirable elements of a legislative package for a digital public library. This package might also allow Google and other entities to undertake mass digitization projects under certain conditions.