11th-Hour Filings Oppose Google's Book Settlement
Posted in: Government & Policy at 10/09/2009 01:36
After a flurry of last-minute filings on Tuesday, a federal judge must now begin untangling the mountain of competing claims about how a legal settlement granting Google the right to create the world's largest digital library and bookstore would affect competition, authors' rights and readers' privacy.
The $125 million proposed settlement among Google, the Authors Guild and the Association of American publishers, which is awaiting review by Judge Denny Chin of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York, has prompted dozens of opposing filings from individuals, rival companies like Amazon and Microsoft, advocacy organizations, groups representing authors and publishers and even some foreign governments.
Google Curtails Europe Book Plan
Making concessions to European publishers, online-search giant Google Inc. Monday said it will remove all European books that are still commercially available from its $125 million program to scan orphaned and out-of-print books in the U.S. and sell them online.
The concessions come after concerns were voiced by European authors and publishers who don't want the company to scan books by European authors that are still protected by copyrights, without asking their permission.