Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 23:21 UTC
Google "A federal judge rejected Google's $125 million class-action settlement with authors and publishers, delivering a blow to the company's ambitious plan to build the world's largest digital library and bookstore. Judge Denny Chin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York said that the settlement went too far in granting Google rights to profit from books without the permission of copyright owners, and that it was 'not fair, adequate and reasonable'." Here is a desk. Please to bang head against it repeatedly until world starts making sense.
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The judge did indicate that revisions to the agreement could make it acceptable but, as it stands right now, the settlement overreaches. And I think the following quote in the article articulates a valid position:

“Even though it is efficient for Google to make all the books available, the orphan works and unclaimed books problem should be addressed by Congress, not by the private settlement of a lawsuit”

Edited 2011-03-23 01:44 UTC

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