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Final Internet Archive Memorandum

Final Internet Archive Memorandum

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Final memorandum to the SDNY, Judge Chin, in McGraw-Hill et al v. Google, Google Book Search settlement proposal, from the Internet Archive, with the firm of Arnold & Porter, via counsel Hadrian Katz.
Final memorandum to the SDNY, Judge Chin, in McGraw-Hill et al v. Google, Google Book Search settlement proposal, from the Internet Archive, with the firm of Arnold & Porter, via counsel Hadrian Katz.

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 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK THE AUTHORS GUILD, INC.,ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PUBLISHERS, INC.,ET AL.,Plaintiffs,v.GOOGLE INC.,Defendant.Case No. 05-cv-08136-DC
MEMORANDUM OF AMICUS CURIAE THE INTERNET ARCHIVEIN OPPOSITION TO SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
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LLPHadrian R. KatzCatherine RowlandMichael E. GinsbergJohn HutchinsBrent LaBarge555 12 Street, NWWashington, DC 20004Tel.: 202-942-5707Fax: 202-942-5999E-mail:hadrian.katz@aporter.com Anthony BoccanfusoJohn Maltbie399 Park Avenue New York, NY 10022Tel.: 212-715-1103Fax: 212-715-1399E-mail: john.maltbie@aporter.com Susan P. Koniak B
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The Internet Archive............................................................................................................................3I. Background..............................................................................................................................4a. The Orphan Works Problem.......................................................................................4 b. The Proposed Settlement’s Impact on the Orphan WorksProblem.......................................................................................................................6c. The Role of the Proposed Registry.............................................................................9II. Internet Archive’s Objection to the Settlement Agreement.................................................101. The Proposed Settlement Is Inconsistent With theRequirements for Class Certification...........................................................10a. Failure To Satisfy the Notice and Fairness Requirements of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 (c) (2) (B) and 23 (e).......................................10 b. Failure To Satisfy the Adequacy of RepresentationRequirement of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 (a)(4)......................................13c. Failure To Satisfy the Typicality Requirement of FederalRule of Civil Procedure 23 (a) (3)............................................................................16d. Failure To Satisfy the Commonality Requirement of FederalRule of Civil Procedure 23 (a)(2).............................................................................18e. Failure To Satisfy the Predomination Requirement of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 (b) (3)...............................................................19f. Failure To Satisfy the Superiority Requirement of FederalRule of Civil Procedure 23 (b) (3)............................................................................202. The Proposed Settlement Is Anticompetitive...............................................203. The Proposed Settlement Is Unfair to Authors of Foreign Works..............................................................................................244. The Proposed Settlement Threatens Personal Privacy................................26Conclusion.........................................................................................................................................27
 
 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK THE AUTHORS GUILD, INC.,ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PUBLISHERS, INC.,ET AL.,Plaintiffs,v.GOOGLE INC.,Defendant.Case No. 05-cv-08136-DC
MEMORANDUM OF AMICUS CURIAE THE INTERNET ARCHIVEIN OPPOSITION TO SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
The Internet Archive (“the Archive”) respectfully submits this Memorandum in oppositionto the Settlement Agreement (the “Agreement”) between the plaintiffs and defendant Google Inc.(“Google”) to the extent that the Agreement would apply to members of the asserted class that donot affirmatively elect to participate. For the reasons set out below, we submit that certifying the proposed settlement class would be a violation of rule 23 (b) (3), and an abuse of the class procedure.In particular, the Agreement has been structured to grant Google broad rights to copy,utilize, and distribute millions of “orphan works,” that is, published books the copyrights in which belong to unknown and unidentifiable owners. Most commentators have concluded that theseorphan rights owners would likely constitute a large majority of the proposed class. But there is no practical way to notify these rights owners – many of whom, children and heirs of deceasedauthors, may be unaware that they are rights owners – of the likely impact of the settlement uponthem.

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