Judge Rejects Google's Deal to Digitize Books

Wednesday Mar 23rd 2011 by Datamation.com Staff

A federal judge said the $125 million settlement with authors and publishers would create a "de facto monopoly."

NYTimes: A federal judge in New York has thrown out a $125 million settlement deal that would have furthered Google's plans to digitize every book ever published. Judge Denny Chin said the deal with publishers and authors raised copyright, antitrust and other concerns and that it would have created a “de facto monopoly.”

Google and the groups representing publishers and authors could still try to work out another deal that would pass legal muster.

Google has already scanned around 15 million books as part of its project.

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