Google's book deal challenged

Google's legal settlement with publishers and authors challenged in the US.

Google's plan to digitise millions of books had previously been attacked by Amazon and Microsoft as giving Google an unfair commercial advantage, while the agreement was considered by some European governments as contravening international copyright agreements.

The New York Federal Court Judge stated this week that the current settlement would 'further entrench' Google's dominant position.  He called for a more limited settlement that would involve creating an 'opt-in' to the digitisation programme rather than the opt out' that currently exists.

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