Randy Picker Testifies Before House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Digital Books

Expert testimony available as video and PDF
Law School Office of Communications
September 11, 2009

Yesterday, Randy Picker testified before the House Judiciary Committee. An excerpt from his remarks is reprinted below, and you may download a PDF of the entirety of his remarks or watch a video of the hearing at the Commiteee website.

Hearing before the House Judiciary Committee
Competition and Commerce in Digital Books
September 10, 2009

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee:

Thank you for the invitation to testify today on competition and commerce issues in digital books. My name is Randal C. Picker. I am the Paul and Theo Leffmann Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Chicago Law School. I am also a Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute of The University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. I have taught at Chicago since 1989 and write and teach in a number of areas including, of relevance to today’s hearing, antitrust, copyright and network industries.

Faculty offices at the University of Chicago Law School are physically in the D’Angelo Law Library. I walk out of my office door into book stacks and I feel very lucky to have ready access to one of the world’s great university libraries. Yet notwithstanding that, I have an almost unnatural level of affection for Google Book Search. If you haven’t used it, you should, as it is a wonder. I have been doing resear