Judge Rejects Google Book Settlement

A federal judge in New York has rejected a class action settlement between Google, book publishers and book authors.

The class action lawsuit was filed six years ago and alleged that Google had violated copyrights by digitizing millions of books and making them available online. In 2008, attorneys representing the parties reached a $125 million settlement that would have established a procedure by which publishers and authors could make claims or opt-out of the program. However, since then, a number of foreign publishers and authors have raised significant objections to the agreement.

In a decision on Tuesday, Judge Denny Chin writes that the "deal would "give Google a significant advantage over competitors, rewarding it for engaging in wholesale copying of copyrighted works without permission."

The judge also expressed concern about settling future claims and the high number of opt outs.

The parties can bring a new agreement to the table, however. “I urge the parties to consider revising the [settlement] accordingly,” Judge Chin writes.

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