A federal judge noted the many objections to a $125 million deal giving Google Inc. digital rights to millions of out-of-print books as he agreed Sept. 24 to postpone a fairness hearing so the agreement can be rewritten to comply with copyright and antitrust laws.

U.S. District Judge Denny Chin said the deal reached last year between U.S. authors and publishers and Google "raises significant issues, as demonstrated not only by the number of objections, but also by the fact that the objectors include countries, states, nonprofit organizations, and prominent authors and law professors."

He added: "Clearly, fair concerns have been raised."


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