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Google, book trade groups settle lawsuits


Google, book trade groups settle lawsuits

Google, along with the publishing consortium Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild, a writers' group, announced a settlement Tuesday regarding the use of copyrighted book material in Google's Book Search program...

Not every observer heralded the settlement. San Francisco Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorney Corynne McSherry said she is "still digesting" the agreement but had some early thoughts:

"I will tell you, frankly, that I kind of wish this case had gone to litigation. I think Google had a great fair-use defense," she said. "A ruling from the court would have been good for everyone. It potentially could have fostered other offerings, based on that legal certainty" if Google had won.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle

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