A group of authors and the heirs of others, including representatives of the estate of John Steinbeck, are asking a federal judge to delay by four months the deadline for authors to decide whether or not to participate in the settlement of a landmark class-action lawsuit against Google, reports the New York Times. The settlement, which would establish a complex mechanism for authors to grant rights to digital versions of their books, has been criticized by various parties, and some groups plan to oppose some of its provisions. The group of authors seeking the delay has not come out against the settlement. Instead, its members argue that, given the complexity of the agreement and its long-range implications, the May 5 deadline should be extended by four months to allow authors to make informed decisions about how to proceed. But in a letter to the court accompanying their legal filing on April 24, they suggest that they have concerns with the agreement itself…

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