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Amended GBS Settlement announced

As reported on Google’s Public Policy Blog and in the New York Times, the Authors Guild, the AAP members, and Google have announced their amended settlement in the Book Search case.

The amended settlement attempts to address a number of the objections raised regarding antitrust issues, international copyright ownership, pricing, and access to out-of-print and/or orphaned works. It also has provisions for Open Access options for rightsholders, such as the option to put a Creative Commons license on your work. There do not seem to be any amendments to address reader privacy concerns, at least not directly.

No dates for filing objections or a fairness hearing have been set, but the parties have requested the following:

  • December 14 – Supplemental Notice commences.
  • January 28 – Class member Opt outs are due.
  • February 4 – DOJ comment on settlement is due.
  • February 11 – Plaintiffs’ motion for final settlement approval is due.
  • February 18 – Final fairness hearing occurs.

Update: Judge Chin has granted preliminary approval to the amended settlement and agreed to hold the fairness hearing on February 18, 2010.

Categories: Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions, Online Privacy.

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