Interesting development in the Google Books case…

Judge Rejects Settlement in Google Books Case, Saying It Goes Too Far

The proposed settlement in the long-standing class-action lawsuit over Google’s vast book-scanning project is dead, at least in its current form. In a ruling on Tuesday, the federal judge overseeing the case rejected the settlement, saying that it “would simply go too far,” even though “the digitization of books and the creation of a universal digital library would benefit many.” But he also urged the parties to consider revising the settlement, and suggested an approach that would deal with his major concerns.

http://chronicle.com/article/Judge-Rejects-Settlement-in/126864

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  1. Bryan Carson

    More on this story…

    http://chronicle.com/article/Google-Decision-Spurs-Research/126878

    Research Libraries See Google Decision as Just a Bump on the Road to Widespread Digital Access

    By Jennifer Howard

    Tuesday, a federal judge tossed out the proposed settlement in the lawsuit over Google’s vast book-digitization project. Still, research libraries with a stake in that work said they were undeterred. They emphasized that widespread digital access is key to scholars’ work, and reiterated their commitment to making as much material available to as many people as possible, whether or not the settlement is revived in some form. And they said they hoped the ruling, by Judge Denny Chin, would galvanize efforts to solve the vexing problem of orphan works, which are under copyright but whose rights-holders are unknown or unfindable.

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