Welcome to the Public Index, a site to study and discuss the Google Books litigation. This site, which is no longer actively maintained, includes a comprehensive collection of legal documents relating to the settlement. Click here to read Judge Chin’s March 2011 opinion rejecting the proposed settlement. We also have a web version with links to the filings it discusses.

Events and Deadlines

Authors Guild v. Google

  • Class certification appeal fully argued, awaiting decision
  • All other proceedings currently stayed

ASMP v. Google

  • Fact discovery completed by May 17, 2013
  • Expert discovery completed by July 15, 2013
  • All other aspects stayed pending Second Circuit’s decision in Authors Guild v. Google

Authors Guild v. HathiTrust

  • May 28, 2013: Defendants file responses brief in appeal

The Public Index was a project of the Public-Interest Book Search Initiative and the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School. The Public Index was compiled by a group of professors, students, and volunteers who strongly felt that the Google Book Search lawsuit and settlement deserved a full, careful, and thoughtful public discussion. The Public Index was a site for people from all points of view to learn from each other about the settlement and join together to make their voices heard in the public debate.

Note: The Public Index is no longer actively maintained.