Friday, February 05, 2010

U.S. Voices Concerns on Google Book Settlement - WSJ.com

Not looking likely, at current course and speed

The department said Thursday that a "properly structured" agreement could offer important benefits to society, but it said that Google, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers were still trying to reach too broadly with their proposed class-action settlement.

The revised settlement "suffers from the same core problem as the original agreement: it is an attempt to use the class action mechanism to implement forward-looking business arrangements that go far beyond the dispute ... in this litigation," the department said.

U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin in New York, who must decide whether to approve the settlement, is scheduled to hold a Feb. 18 fairness hearing on the agreement.

U.S. Voices Concerns on Google Book Settlement - WSJ.com

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