GBS: Sarnoff from Bertelsmann to KKR

Jeffrey Trachtenberg, Meet KKR’s Newest Hire: A Book Publishing Executive, WSJ Deal Journal, Jan. 11, 2011:

Richard Sarnoff, one of the key architects of the proposed Google books settlement, is leaving his posts as co-chairman of book publishing giant Bertelsmann Inc. and president of Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments to become a senior adviser at KKR.

Sarnoff joins Alex Macgillivray (Twitter) and Dan Clancy (YouTube) in the ranks of key settlement players who have moved on to other pastures.

From the Laboratorium’s Archive: December 5, 2009

Open Book Alliance— Sarnoff Leaves Bertelsmann – No GBS Negotiators Left

This development comes as we fast approach a critical deadline for authors whose material was appropriated by Google’s book scanners without their permission. While the negotiators may be gone, these authors (who are the real key players in this entire issue) will lose their right to claim a cash payment from Google for its unauthorized digitization of their work on March 31st if they do not submit a claim.

The parties have asked for an extension of the 31 March filing deadline. See