Chin Decides Google Books Settlement Would 'Go Too Far'

, New York Law Journal

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Google's attempt to build the world's biggest digital library was sidetracked yesterday as a federal judge rejected a settlement between the Internet giant and authors and publishers who sued for copyright infringement. The deal "would grant Google significant rights to exploit entire books, without the permission of the copyright owners," said Judge Denny Chin. "Indeed, the Amended Settlement Agreement would give Google a significant advantage over competitors, rewarding it for engaging in wholesale copyrighted works without permission, while releasing claims well beyond those presented in the case."

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