Interest keeps growing among the publishing industry in its litigation settlement with Google. I will be moderating the keynote panel on this subject for the book track at Publishing Business Expo on Tuesday, March 24 in NYC.
This panel will be particularly exciting because the speakers will be primary representatives of the three constituencies represented in the lawsuit: Pat Schroeder, CEO of the book industry trade association AAP; Tom Turvey, director of content partnerships at Google; and Peter Brantley, head of the Digital Library Federation. And one other panelist: Peter Osnos, founder of PublicAffairs Books and Senior Fellow for Media at The Century Foundation.
Osnos ought to stimulate the discussion on this panel. His recent blog post on the Google publishing industry settlement raises a fascinating point. I alluded to this somewhat in a previous post on the subject but didn’t address it with the force and clarity that he does. He throws a molotov cocktail into the deliberations among Google, publishers, and libraries by saying:
“Google has now conceded, with a very large payment, that information is not free. This leads to an obvious, critical question: Why aren’t newspapers and news magazines demanding payment for use of their stories on Google and other search engines? Why are they not getting a significant slice of the advertising revenues generated by use of their stories via Google?”
This should be an interesting discussion.