Google might have to modify book settlement for judge’s approval

Google Inc., the web-search engine scanning millions of books to create a digital library, might have to modify a settlement with publishers and authors after more than 60 groups and individuals filed objections or demanded changes, Bloomberg reports. U.S. District Judge Denny Chin is scheduled to decide Oct. 7 whether to approve a $125 million agreement to establish a “Book Rights Registry,” which would identify and compensate rights holders whose books have been scanned by Google. The governments of Germany and France have joined authors in the U.S., Japan, and Europe to oppose the settlement, saying it doesn’t give copyright owners enough choice about how their content is used. “There are some good points the court cannot ignore,” while some other attacks are “unfair,” said Terence Ross, a copyright lawyer with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in Washington who is following the case and doesn’t represent either side. “[Chin] may ask the parties to go back, without rewriting the agreement from scratch, and address certain objections. Innovation often poses problems for the law and established bureaucracy.”

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