What I mainly learned at this panel is that we (librarians and public) need much more information about this settlement, and that information is not in the settlement document. I also learned that we are unlikely to get that information until after the settlement is approved (assuming it will be approved, but who knows).
Some snippets, and then later I'll write up my talk (of which I only gave a very brief rendition at the panel) and post it later. (Note, I may add others during the day as I remember them.):
- The role of the Registry is to represent the rights holders.
- The rights holders appear to be quite nervous about libraries.
- Although anything can potentially be negotiated, Google will do the negotiating with the Registry for any requests for product features.
- At the moment, the following are not allowed: library purchases of books, library lending of books, use of books for ILL.
- Also not allowed is remote access for public library subscriptions to the service -- the problem with this, in the eyes of the rights holders, is that public library services (because they serve the whole public) would compete with the public as customers for purchase of the books.
- Google itself is not thrilled about becoming a library vendor, because it recognizes that it's not a big bucks market and it doesn't fit into the Google business model well. (At one point Dan mentioned that getting checks for $5000 from public libraries isn't very appealing.)