Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Google goes back to the drawing board

As reported in yesterday's New York Times, the NY Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has rejected the Google Books settlement.

[C]iting 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.

Judge Chin acknowledged that “the creation of a universal digital library would benefit many,” but said that the proposed agreement was “not fair, adequate and reasonable.” He left open the possibility that a substantially revised agreement could pass legal muster.

Another chapter begins.

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