Google Books Settlement Updates

Since the February 18 fairness hearing on the Google Books settlement, Judge Chin has been confirmed by the Senate for a seat on the Second Circuit Court of Appeal. It is unclear at this time how his promotion will affect the settlement. He may decide the case before moving up, take the case with him, or pass it on to a new judge.

The Public Index has made available a report categorizing and summarizing the objections to the settlement agreement: http://thepublicindex.org/docs/commentary/objections-responses-2.pdf.

Meanwhile, a group denied admittance to the current Google Books class action settlement has filed their own suit. In April, the American Society of Media Photographers and other groups representing graphic artists and photographers filed a class action suit alleging that the scanning and display of work for the Google Books program infringes their copyrights. The parties are seeking “monetary, injunctive, and declaratory relief.”