The nation's top copyright official has joined the mounting opposition to a class-action settlement that would give Google Inc. the digital rights to millions of out-of-print books, reports the Associated Press. Her objections cast further doubt on whether the agreement will be allowed by a federal court, even as Google offered a key concession aimed at smoothing the way for approval: On Sept. 10, Google said it would open its digital library to rivals and bookstores. Yet parts of the settlement are "fundamentally at odds with the law," Marybeth Peters, head of the U.S. Copyright Office, testified in a House...

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