Lawyers representing the US Authors Guild and the American Association of Publishers in the Google Book Settlement have formally requested the US Federal Court to postpone the date for the Fairness Hearing scheduled for October 7th. This follows last week statement by the US Justice Department that the Google Book Settlement should be rejected.
Instead, lawyers for the US Authors Guild and the American Association of Publishers, backed by Google, have proposed that there be a ‘status conference’ on November 6th. Lawyers argue that the plaintiffs now need time to address the concerns expressed by the US justice Department.
As of yet, Justice Denny Chin has made no response to these latest developments in the case or how all parties should proceed. The Open Book Alliance, an opposition group to the Google Book Settlement, which includes both Amazon and Microsoft, has stated that the ‘settlement, as we know it, is dead’.