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Jason Hidalgo

Revised Google Books Settlement Gets Preliminary Approval

By November 20, 2009

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What happens if you try googling "Google books" and "preliminary?"

Well, if you do it as of this posting, then you'll actually find out that a federal judge in Manhattan just granted preliminary approval to a revised settlement between Google and groups representing authors and publishers.

For those who haven't heard, the lawsuit came about as a result of Google's efforts to make digital scans of books available online via its Google books initiative. The suit was filed by authors and publishers who complained about potential copyright violations and non-compensation.

The preliminary approval is already sparking all sorts of debate ranging from the scope of the settlement to options for authors who may not necessarily want to settle. The revised settlement itself came about due to concerns expressed in some circles, including the Department of Justice, that the original pact was uncompetitive and favored Google too much.

Anywho, reading up on all the legal talk surrounding this case has made me hungry and sleepy. Now I can't decide if I should eat or sleep. Maybe I should google for a solution online.

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