CNET reports that the revised Google Books settlement agreement might quiet international opponents, but it still gives Google a monopoly on commercializing out-of-print books where the copyrights are unclaimed and fails to protect consumer privacy, opponents say. "We’re at a cross roads," Internet Archive Director Brewster Kahle said during a panel on the Future of Books at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco Nov. 16. "Is it going to be a subscription life … where one or two companies own the distribution and presentation [rights] to these books?" In response, Google Books Engineering Director Dan Clancy said: "This is just one of a panoply of choices that people will have in the future." The modified settlement, filed in federal court in New York on Nov. 13, attempts to address concerns that the settlement would give Google unfair competitive advantages and violated copyright law. Copyrights holders now have more control than they previously had. But still troubling to critics is that the revised settlement circumvents traditional copyright provisions by allowing Google to digitize orphan works without first getting permission, while any Google competitors are blocked from doing so barring legislation granting them licensing rights…

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