Deal or No Deal

Publishers Weekly – “The deal was almost done. In June, a tense four-year period of legal conflict between publishers, authors and Google over its library scanning program was poised to end with the approval of a visionary class action settlement. But just one week from a key May 5 deadline—by which authors and rights holders opposed to the settlement (agreed to last October; see time line) would have been required to opt out of or object to the deal—the federal judge overseeing the approval process surprised court watchers by granting a four-month extension, asked for by a group of authors led by Gayle Knight Steinbeck. Suddenly, a deal that had looked all but certain just weeks earlier now seemed in serious jeopardy.”

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