March 22, 2011

Extremely Unfortunate: Court Rejects Google Books Settlement

Greetings. Unraveling years of work and negotiations, federal Judge Denny Chin has rejected the Google Books settlement.

I consider this action to be very bad news, unfortunate in the extreme for lovers of literature. The settlement wasn't perfect, but offered broad benefits to all involved parties, plus to the Internet community at large.

The details are in the full PDF text of the decision.

And for reference, my 2009 blog posting, The Joy of Libraries, a Fireman's Flame, and the Google Books Settlement may also be of interest.

There will be much more to say about this later.


Update (March 24, 2011): My discussion of the Google Book Settlement situation from my interview on Coast to Coast AM Radio two nights ago can be heard here.

Posted by Lauren at March 22, 2011 01:45 PM | Permalink
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