More Time to Comment on Google Books Deal
Opponents of Google's controversial settlement with publishers and authors for its digital books project got a few more days to fine tune their arguments against the deal, which is being challenged in federal court, the Associated Press reported.
Comments on the settlement had been due Friday in the U.S. District Court of Southern New York, which is reviewing the matter and has scheduled a hearing on the dispute for October 7. But U.S. District Judge Denny Chin on Thursday extended the deadline to 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday for those who wish to file papers protesting or supporting the landmark agreement. Under the project, Google plans to scan vast amounts of books to make them available on the Internet, an effort that would make the company the online keeper of millions of copyrighted works.
Major Google competitors Microsoft and Yahoo joined forces with online books giant Amazon to oppose the deal. The alliance, called the Open Book Alliance and led by Silicon Valley antirust lawyer Gary Reback, have argued that the settlement struck between Google and book publishers and authors 10 months ago could empower Google with dominant control over digital book titles that could lead to higher prices for consumers who read books through digital devices and computers.
Amazon filed its comments to the court Thursday.
Consumer privacy advocates have also raised concerns that the settlement could allow Google to collect data on users for advertising.
September 4, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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