Thursday, October 08, 2009

The Great Book Bank Robbery - Think Again

Judge Denny Chin has set November 9th as the date by which Google and its partners must submit a revised settlement for the court’s preliminary approval and confirmed that the current settlement is no longer on the table.

The question now is what the parties will bring back to the table and whether it will be just enough to carry some of the army of protesters or go a long way to meeting the full needs raised by them. The parties are working flat out to submit an amended document to the court in early November, with a target date of late December or early January for a final hearing and want a notice period to give all parties affected by the settlement time to review the amendments. Given the time it took to delve through the treacle of the first settlement that could be read by some as a return to the ‘we know best’ arrogance that got us into this mess in the first place.

However as if to pour cold water on the hopes of many Paul Aiken, executive director of the Authors Guild, is reported in the New York Times stating that the changes would be minor. “We would not be able to do it by Nov. 9” if they were more substantial, he said. “The core agreement is going to stay the same. We are amending limited portions of the settlement agreement.”

We can only wait until the 9th November for the next instalment.

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