Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Judge Denny Chin rejects Google Books deal on 22 March 2011

Of the proposed settlement agreement among authors, publishers, and Google about digitizing books, the New York Times reported:

But citing copyright, antitrust and other concerns, Judge Denny Chin said that the settlement went too far. He said it would have granted Google a “de facto monopoly” and the right to profit from books without the permission of copyright owners.

The Washington Post wrote:

The decision comes as regulators in this country and in Europe scrutinize Google’s supremacy in the search business. The judge’s thinking, laid out in a 48-page filing, echoed many of the antitrust arguments made by the Department of Justice when it criticized the deal a year ago.

Google vowed on Tuesday to continue digitizing books, only a portion of which are affected by the settlement, which would have allowed Google to sell access to millions of out-of-print books to consumers and libraries.

See also Setback for Google Books Settlement


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