Google Propels Books Into a Whole New Digital Age

January 1, 2011

In the article "Google Propels Books Into a Whole New Digital World," in the December/January edition of Chicago Lawyer, Michael R. Graham is quoted regarding the implications of the Google Book Search settlement. He points out the benefits a searchable information database would give to authors, publishers, libraries and library patrons, but questions the "opt-out" nature of the Google settlement that would allow Google to scan and share in-copyright, out-of-print books unless their copyright owners expressly remove them from the Book Search, noting the competing values of copyright in the development and protection of our culture and information economy.

Michael R. Graham is a partner in the Trademarks Group of Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP. For more than 20 years, he has provided clients with wide-ranging counsel to advance and protect their trademark, copyright and other commercial and creative intellectual property rights. With respect to the Internet, Mr. Graham has successfully aided clients in protecting their rights in trademarks, copyrighted works and agreements. His previous experience in the trade publishing industry in New York and his love of literature solidified his personal interest in Google Book Search.