A $125 million settlement of a lawsuit that would give Google Inc. the digital rights to millions of out-of-print books will be renegotiated in light of the U.S. Department of Justice’s contention that the deal probably violates antitrust law, reports the Associated Press. Lawyers for The Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers, and other plaintiffs said in court papers that they and Google met with senior Justice Department officials on Sept. 17 and agreed to work with the government to resolve concerns. The case involves Google’s plans to scan millions of books and make them searchable and available for purchase online, with publishers and authors getting most of the money from the sales of books that are still protected by copyright. Google says the service will revitalize works that might otherwise be forgotten. The Justice Department told U.S. District Judge Denny Chin in a brief filed last week that the agreement threatens to give Google the power to increase book prices and discourage competition, though it said a renegotiated settlement might obey U.S. copyright and antitrust laws. In court papers filed Sept. 22, lawyers for the authors and publishers urged Chin to delay a hearing scheduled for Oct. 7, saying that a new agreement might take away some objections among the roughly 400 opinions, both pro and con, that were filed with Chin earlier this month…

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