March 5 James Grimmelmann on Google Books Settlement

You are cordially invited to a special Information Society Project lunch speaker series featuring James Grimmelmann discussing the Google Books settlement on Friday, March 5 at noon in Room 128 of Yale Law School.  James, an Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School and an ISP Affiliated Fellow, will be discussing "The Google Books Settlement: Class Action, Copyright, Antitrust, or All of the Above?"

The Google Books Settlement: Class Action, Copyright, Antitrust, or All of the Above? The proposed settlement in the Google Books case obviously raises interesting issues in civil procedure, copyright (domestic and international), and antitrust. But the actual analyses within these areas trail off surprisingly rapidly into doctrinal minutiae and difficult framing problems. Only by looking at the three of them together is it possible to recover a genuinely synoptic view of the settlement. I will discuss the factual basics of the settlement, along with the essential issues it raises in these various bodies of law--and then dazzle, entertain, and enlighten by showing how profoundly they're connected.
James Grimmelmann, Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School Professor Grimmelmann comes to the Law School from the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, where he was a resident fellow. He teaches Copyright, Intellectual Property, Internet Law, and Property Law and is a member of the Institute for Information Law & Policy. Professor Grimmelmann studies how the law governing the creation and use of computer software affects individual freedom and the distribution of wealth and power in society. As both a lawyer and a technologist, he aims to help these two groups speak intelligibly to each other. He writes about intellectual property, virtual worlds, search engines, online privacy, and other topics in computer and Internet law. He has been involved in the School’s State of Play Conference as an interviewer, speaker, and moderator. Professor Grimmelmann has a background in computer technology; he worked for Microsoft as a programmer and has been blogging since 2000. In 2007, he was named one of Interview Magazine's "New Pop A-List: 50 To Watch (Age 30 or Under)." Previously, Professor Grimmelmann was a legal intern for Creative Commons and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.