Feeds

No quick decision on Google books deal

Madoff judge wants more time

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Judge Denny Chin, best known for overseeing the Bernie Madoff trial, said yesterday he would not be rushing into judgement in the Google books hearing.

Chin said: "To end the suspense, I'm not going to rule today. There's just too much to digest. And however I come out, I want an opinion that explains my reasoning."

The court first heard evidence from supporters of the agreement between Google and US publishers but these were outnumbered by opponents.

Lawyers for Sony, which supports the deal, said Google's huge scanning project would open access to otherwise unavailable books and that the proposals for tracking down rights holders would work well enough.

Others warned that court support of the agreement would set a poor precedent for future copyright law by effectively rewarding Google's decision to scan first and ask questions later.

Several lawyers also raised privacy questions - how much information Google would collect about what books we read. But Judge Chin seemed unconvinced by these fears.

More from Main Justice here.

Simon Juden, chief executive of the Publishers Association, which supports the deal, said the case raised serious questions about the wider future of copyright. He also noted that in Europe work is already underway, via the ARROW project, to help track down rights owners of orphan works. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network
Take your license demand and stick it in your ASSIA
Right to be forgotten should apply to Google.com too: EU
And hey - no need to tell the website you've de-listed. That'll make it easier ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
The total economic impact of Druva inSync
Examining the ROI enterprises may realize by implementing inSync, as they look to improve backup and recovery of endpoint data in a cost-effective manner.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.