Google Books Settlement Rejected by Judge

Mar 24, 2011

The Google Books settlement saga continued this week as a federal court rejected the search giant's proposed $125 million settlement on the grounds that it would unfairly grant control over published works to Google, to the potential detriment of authors and competitors such as Amazon or Apple.

The suit pertains to Google's ability to scan books for its popular Google Books service. The search giant attracted criticism from groups such as Consumer Watchdog and the Author's Guild over the fact that it was scanning and making works partially available without the direct permission of authors. Authors can request to have their works removed from the service, but are not contacted prior to the scanning.

In his statements on the settlement, presiding Judge Chin noted that while the creation of a digital book library such as Google's effort would benefit many people, the proposed settlement was not "fair, adequate and reasonable."

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