Federal judge rejects Google book monopoly

22 03 2011

March 22, 2011

The federal judge overseeing the Google Books case dealt a setback to Google and the publishing industry on Tuesday by rejecting a massive proposed settlement. Judge Denny Chin wrote that the latest iteration of the settlement “is not fair, adequate, and reasonable” because it would give Google a de facto monopoly in the book search market and adversely affect the rights of millions of copyright holders.

The fight over Google Books has been brewing since Google announced its book-scanning project in 2004. A coalition of authors and publishers sued the following year, and in 2008, a settlement was announced. It has attracted a growing army of critics, including the US government.


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