Google books settlement is delayed until "significant changes" are made
Posted in: Government & Policy at 26/09/2009 12:38
The millions of out-of-print books scanned by Google Inc. and now sitting unread on the company's cyber-bookshelves will have to sit a while longer.
A New York judge on Thursday ordered the postponement of a longstanding October hearing meant to address a settlement between Google and a group of authors and publishers that sued the company more than four years ago.
Google Books Settlement Delayed Indefinitely
As currently written, the controversial settlement between Google and groups representing publishers and authors is officially dead. On Thursday, a federal judge gave the parties time to negotiate a new deal that would address some of the many objections filed by various groups.
Judge Denny Chin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted a motion to delay an Oct. 7 hearing on the settlement, which would pave the way for Google to create an immense digital library and bookstore. The motion was filed earlier this week by the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, the plaintiffs in the case, and was unopposed by Google, the defendant.
Judge delays Google books hearing
A New York judge has put Google's vision of creating the world's biggest digital library on hold.
Judge Denny Chin postponed a fairness hearing set for next month that was meant to address a settlement between Google and authors and publishers.
The $125m agreement, worked out last year, has effectively been sent back to the drawing board by the judge.
Google Books deal postponed after avalanche of criticism
The judge overseeing Google's controversial agreement with American publishers to digitise millions of books has delayed a hearing into the $125m deal - effectively shutting down the settlement and sending it back to the drawing board.
Instead of proceeding with the internet giant's plans to make millions of in-copyright books available online and take a slice of the proceeds - a deal first announced last year - the groups will now go back and renegotiate the settlement in way that satisfies critics including the US Department of Justice.
French publishers take Google to court for 'forgery' [AFP]
French publishers and authors took Google to court Thursday, demanding compensation from the US Internet giant they accuse of counterfeiting their books by digitizing them and posting them online.
Backed by France's 530-member Publishers' Association (SNE) and its SGDL Society of Authors, the plaintiffs are contesting Google's 2005 campaign to digitize books without the prior authorisation of publishers or authors.
French publishers face Google in court over books [AP]
Google has gone on trial in Paris over the insistence by French writers and publishers that the company request permission before putting book excerpts online.