Is Google Books the greatest-ever collection of human knowledge or a massive infringer of copyrights? A lawsuit brought by authors and publishers said it is the latter. In 2008, the Authors Guild and Google reached a settlement of that lawsuit, but the settlement requires the approval of the court. Recently, U.S. District Judge Denny Chin in New York held a hearing on the proposed settlement, which has garnered voluminous feedback both pro and con.

This week on the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we discuss the Google Books litigation with two guests: James Grimmelmann, associate professor at New York Law School and a member of its Institute for Information Law and Policy, and Jonathan Band, a technology law and policy lawyer in Washington, D.C.

Also in this week’s episode, we are joined by Lee Ann Enquist, vice president of West Professional Development, to discuss the new partnership between West LegalEdcenter and Legal Talk Network by which you can earn CLE credit for listening to Lawyer2Lawyer or any of the LTN podcasts.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.