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September 24, 2009 3:58 PM

Google Books Hearing Tabled

Posted by Zach Lowe

A federal judge has granted a motion to delay a scheduled hearing on the fairness of Google's plan to create a digital database of books, according to a court order that you can download below.

Judge Denny Chin of U.S. trial court in Manhattan granted the motion, which Google and the key groups who support the database--the Authors Guild (repped by Boni & Zack) and the Association of American Publishers (repped by Debevoise & Plimpton)--filed on Tuesday. 

Google and those two organizations want to tweak the database to address concerns opponents have about potential copyright infringement and antitrust violations. As we told you Thursday morning, critics of the proposed database, including the Justice Department, have filed objections claiming that it would give Google a monopoly on so-called orphan works, whose authors cannot be located. 

Competitors such as Amazon also claim the settlement unfairly shuts them out of the digital book business. 

Daralyn Durie of Durie Tangri in San Francisco is lead counsel to Google. Susan Creighton of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is handling Google's antitrust work. 

In another blow to the potential settlement, a French publisher filed suit Thursday challenging the proposed digital database and seeking $26 million in damages for works Google has already scanned into the database, allegedly in violation of various copyrights, according to Bloomberg. Herbert Smith partner Alexandra Neri is representing Google in that matter. 

Download Google Fairness Hearing Adjournment

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