“While I believe that the proposed Google Books settlement has the potential to provide authors with additional exposure and perhaps additional sources of revenue for their works,” Hyde wrote, “I continue to believe that the proposed settlement as amended remains critically flawed and is unfair to authors in a number of crucial respects.”

Lawyers for the plaintiffs who brought the 2005 lawsuits defended the settlement in a submission, saying that there were relatively few complaints considering the ambitious plan to digitize all the world’s books and that many opponents “advance competitive and other parochial self-interests” that conflict with the broader interests of the publishing industry.


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