Google Books Case Reconvenes Today

The District Court for the Southern District of New York will hold a status conference today on the settlement of Google versus The Authors Guild the next step in the lawsuit surrounding the Google Books project. (Since 2002, Google’s mission has been to digitize all of the world’s books, including millions of which are out of print).

Back in March, Judge Denny Chin rejected a proposed settlement agreement between Google and the group of book authors and publishers.

Chin rejected the settlement, claiming that the agreement “would give Google a de facto monopoly over unclaimed [or “orphan”] works” as well as “a significant advantage over competitors [in the search market], rewarding it for engaging in wholesale copying of copyrighted works without permission.”