This agreement put an end to copyright infringement proceedings first brought against Google in 2005 by five AAP member publishers (McGraw-Hill, Pearson Education, Penguin Group USA, John Wiley & Sons, and Simon & Schuster). Since the agreement was concluded between the parties to the litigation, its terms did not require judicial approval (unlike what happened last year, when the class action settlement which Google had reached with the AAP and the Authors Guild in 2008 was rejected by Judge Denny Chin).
As explained on paidContent, what Google is asking is to throw out Judge Denny Chin's ruling in May last that let the Authors Guild sue Google on behalf of all authors whose books were scanned without permission. At the time Judge Chin had certified a class consisting of:
| Sometimes "adding something new" may |
not be appreciated enthusiastically
|Camille agrees that it would be impractical |
to ask for permission first
We'll see what happens next. In the meanwhile, there remains the Google Books/Hamlet dilemma - Who serves best the interest of authors: Google or authors' associations?