Sunday, April 12, 2009

Article: Google Book settlement faces legal assault

I've heard that some people have publicly been for the settlement and privately been against it. Perhaps they are toeing the party-line publicly, while privately recognizing that it's just not right. Well, here is an article that mentions a few possible challenges to the settlement including:
Consumer Watchdog is appealing to the Justice Department on the grounds that the orphan works situation, along with another provision of the settlement, both create barriers for other companies interested in digitization efforts. The group believes the department could potentially ask a court to compel Google to sub-license the orphaned works if the settlement is approved.
The settlement is will be finalized later this year.

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