The federal court overseeing Google Inc.’s settlement over its book-scanning program is giving authors four more months to opt out of the deal and review its potential pitfalls, reports the Associated Press. Instead of a May 5 deadline, the court ruled April 28 that authors now have until Sept. 4 to review the agreement. Last November, a judge had set a June 2009 date for a final settlement and hearing to decide if the deal is fair, reasonable, and adequate. The extension pushes back the final hearing on the settlement’s approval to Oct. 7. All other deadlines and key dates in the case remain the same, including the May 5 deadline by which a book must have been scanned in order for an author to be entitled to a cash payment…

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