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Google gets two months to finalize Google Books

2nd Circuit judge demands digital-library proposal that doesn’t infringe on copyrights

Google’s attempt to create the world’s largest digital library has been stalled for years, but the saga could come to a close this September.

Yesterday 2nd Circuit Judge Denny announced a new hearing date for Sept. 15 in the legal skirmish between Google and various book publishers, authors and trade associations, which originally sued the Internet giant in 2005, alleging the proposed online library project reprinted book passages without authors’ permission and infringed copyrights.

At the Sept. 15 hearing, Google must present a plan for Google Books that will fairly reward publishers and authors whose works are reprinted online. If the company cannot do so, Judge Chin vowed to resolve the issue himself.

Judge Chin has been involved in the case since 2009, when he was a district judge in New York. He retained the case after his promotion to the 2nd Circuit last year. In March, Judge Chin overturned a 2008 settlement in which Google paid publishers $125 million and forced the company to renegotiate the terms of its Google Book project.

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