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bad turn for Google Book Settlement (and all the authors in the house say HO!)

Thanks to true grassroots activism on the part of authors everywhere, the House Judiciary sub-committee is looking into the legality of the snowjob “Settlement” proposed by Google and the Author’s Guild. Marybeth Peters, of the U.S. Register of Copyrights, dealt a terrible blow to the deal in her opening comments saying the Settlement was “fundamentally at odds with the law.” While nothing has officially happened yet, it appears that if the Book Settlement does, by some miracle, get approved by judge Denny Chin in a “fairness” hearing later this month, Congress will be poised to step in with legislation blocking the Settlement.

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