Google Unsettlement

The proposed Google Books settlement proposed in 2008 has been denied by the US District Court. The proposal was intended to settle lawsuits filed by the Author’s Guild and Association of American Publishers against Google, whose book program aimed to eventually digitize all books in the world. Controversy arose from the fact that if authors did not opt-out within the specified time, Google assumed rights to scan the works without the author’s permission.

Judge Denny Chin denied the settlement in its current form due to the controversial opt-out settlement, but will consider a renewal if Google instead provides an opt-in agreement.