Judge Urged To Not Restrict Comments on Google Settlement

Library Journal


A broad group of objectors, friends of the court, and commentators on the Google Books settlement have asked U.S. District Judge Denny Chin to not limit comments on a revised settlement and to give more time for interested parties to address changes being prepared by the class-action plaintiffs, the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers, and the defendant, Google.

While the largest library organizations are not signatories to the letter, among the signers are the Urban Libraries Council; the networks Lyrasis, Nylink, and BCR; and the Open Book Alliance, (OBA) which includes the New York Library Association and SLA. Among the other signatories are the American Society of Journalists and Authors; the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Microsoft; Yahoo; law professor Pamela Samuelson; and various foreign publishing societies.