Judge delays Google books scan hearing

by admin September 25, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Long running legal case rolls on

The US federal judge in the Google book scanning case has decided to postpone a decisive hearing after the Department of Justice (DOJ) voiced serious concerns over the fairness of Google’s settlement offer.

The fairness hearing was originally set for 7 October. However, earlier this week the plaintiffs – the US Authors’ Guild and the Association of American Publishers – asked Judge Denny Chin to postpone the hearing as they were convinced that the DOJ’s concerns would mean the settlement pact they made with Google wouldn’t go through.

A week ago, the DOJ submitted a filing to the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, which read: “This court should reject the proposed settlement in its current form and encourage the parties to continue negotiations.”

Read more: v3.co.uk