posted by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th May 2012 22:50 UTC
"Today the jury notified Judge William Alsup that it had reached a unanimous decision on all but one question, and were at 'an impasse'. However, upon entering the courtroom, the foreperson stated to Judge Alsup that not all members of the jury thought sending the note at this time was necessary, with some thinking they could have reached a decision if given the weekend to think over the case further." Word through the grapevine is that they're hung up on the fair-use question (i.e., Google infringed, but t may be fair use), but it's all a guessing game at this point. I do have to wonder if the jury system (which we don't have here in The Netherlands) is a good fit for complex cases like this.