Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Google Settlement Update

Looks like we have a bit more time to make up our mind. Good news.

TO: Directors and Delegates of IPA Members; IPA Executive Committee; IPA Copyright Committee; Mailing List

Google Book Settlement: Extension of key settlement deadlines and other news

On 28 April, the US District Judge in charge of the class action settlement in the US Google Book Search litigation extended key deadlines as follows:

· The “Opt Out” deadline and the deadline for objections have been moved from 5 May to 4 September 2009.
· The Fairness Hearing has been rescheduled for 7 October 2009, and will not take place on 11 June 2009 as initially notified.

The other deadlines set by the settlement agreement remain unaffected by this court order. With this order, Judge Chin reacts to formal requests mainly filed by author representatives that the Opt Out deadline be extended by four to six months. The parties to the settlement, including AAP and the publisher plaintiffs, had acknowledged in writing that additional time was warranted, thereby enabling Judge Chin to extend the deadlines without much controversy. - A copy of the extension order and the official press release are available from the IPA Secretariat.

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