Google Books Hearing: It’s On!

From Publishers Weekly:

In an order posted Wednesday, federal judge Denny Chin said the fairness hearing for the Google Book Search Settlement scheduled for October 7 will go forward, and acknowledged receipt of more than 400 written filings.

The Publishers Weekly article notes that the majority of filings oppose the settlement, but that there is strong support from a host of sources (including my own library).

I was also interested to see that my own Representative, Zoe Lofgren weighed in and “suggested that Congress should stay away. “At this point, we don’t have a role to play,” she said, adding that the settlement was “the private sector achieving what we failed to achieve” in terms of legislation.

Parties to the settlement have until October 2 to respond to the filings. I guess we will all just have to stay tuned to see how this turns out.

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