Justice Dept. Opposes Revised Google Settlement

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It’s an up and down week for Google. Stanford University offered Google its support to Google by expanding its scanning agreement. But, today, the Department of Justice issued a statement saying the revised settlement is still full of problems.

Here’s more from The New York Times:

In a 31-page filing that could influence a federal judge’s ruling on the settlement, the department said the new agreement was much improved from an earlier version. But it said the changes were not enough to placate concerns that the deal would grant Google a monopoly over millions of orphan works, meaning books whose right holders are unknown or cannot be found.

The department also indicated that the revised agreement, like its predecessor, appeared to run afoul of authors’ copyrights and was too broad in scope.

Judge Denny Chin will rule on the revised settlement on February 18.