Judge rejects settlement in Google plan to digitize books
San Jose Mercury News
A federal judge dealt a severe blow Tuesday to Google's plans for making millions of out-of-print books available online, part of an ambitious plan to create the world's biggest digital library, after concluding that a tentative legal settlement was anti-competitive and unfair to some authors.
The ruling was applauded by the Justice Department, which had opposed the tentative deal on several grounds, including antitrust concerns. Other critics praised the judge for rejecting a plan they viewed as sharply contradicting the nation's copyright laws.
"That's what copyright law stands for. Nobody gets to use your work without your permission," said Pamela Samuelson, a UC Berkeley professor of law and information management who argued against the pact in a letter to the judge last year.3/23/2011