Wednesday, March 23, 2011

NYC Judge Rejects Google Books Settlement

Interesting news on the digital library Google has been trying to set up: NYC Judge Rejects Google Books Settlement. An excerpt:

A federal judge in New York City has rejected a deal between Google and lawyers for authors and publishers to let the gigantic search engine make money presiding over the world's largest digital library.

U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin said the creation of a universal library would benefit many but would "simply go too far."

He said the settlement of the class-action lawsuit challenging the right of Google ( GOOG - news - people ) to scan books and display snippets for online searching would "grant Google significant rights to exploit entire books, without permission of the copyright owners."


Anonymous Atlanta Roofing said...

I don't consider this a good decision. The books they are talking about are completely out of print; many haven't been purchased or printed in ages. In fact, a particular book in the lawsuit had about a 1000 book run, sold only a few and went belly up, years ago, than the author died, and...The judge still wants him to opt-in? Please, make no sense. People are free to opt-out as they please.

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