Google, Authors, Will Need To Rethink Digital Book Settlement

Google’s efforts to resolve questions of copyright infringement in its digital library project did not yield the hoped-for result as a district court judge yesterday rejected the agreement. But the judge left open the possibility that the parties could come back again with revisions.Judge Denny Chin, circuit judge for the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York, found that the amended settlement agreement (ASA) between Google and The Authors Guild “would simply go too far.” But he acknowledged that “the digitisation of books and the creation of a universal digital library would benefit many,” according to the judge’s opinion.

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