GBS: Big Day on the Docket Sheet

With just a week to go before the filing deadline, there’s a lot happening on the docket:

  • Sony wants to file an amicus brief in support, since they think the Google Book project will boost e-reader sales. Not yet mentioned: the Google-Sony partnership on public-domain e-books on the Sony Reader. Unlikely to be mentioned: in the book space, they have a mutual foe in Amazon. Sony is represented by Silicon Valley powerhouse Cooley Godward.
  • Speaking of Amazon, copyright heavyweight David Nimmer filed for admission pro hac vice on their behalf. Nimmer works out of L.A. powerhouse Irell & Manella and, of course, is the editor of Nimmer on Copyright. With Patry working for Google, all we need now is for Paul Goldstein to get in the game, too, for a battle royal of the copyright treatise-ists.
  • The Samuelson Clinic at Berkeley and the EFF jointly started the process of intervening on behalf of authors who object to the privacy provisions (or lack thereof) by filing motions to admit their lawyers pro hac vice.
  • Meanwhile, the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities filed letters in support of the settlement, and authors Yin-Po Tschang and Sallie Lowenstein submitted letters opposing it.

All of the relevant documents are in the pipeline for upload over at the Public Index.