This semester, I’m teaching the honors section of Legal Studies 101, the introductory law course for Wharton undergrads. One of the topics we cover is intellectual property. I decided over the summer that I would ask the class to write papers evaluating whether Google’s new Google Print service, which involves scanning millions of books in university libraries, violated copyright law.
Today was the day I planned to hand out the assignment. Lo and behold, a group of authors picked today to announce they were suing to block Google Print. Perfect timing!